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Hundreds of Children Join Safe Kids Wake County on International Walk to School Day

Raleigh – Safe Kids Wake County will be joined by FedEx volunteers and local school children on Wednesday, Oct. 7 to raise awareness of pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. Child pedestrian injury remains the number two cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 5 to 14 in the U.S.

This year, Safe Kids Wake County will teach children at Wakefield Elementary School about safe pedestrian behaviors, as well as how to identify pedestrian hazards, as they walk to and from school. As one out of every three child pedestrian deaths occurs between 3 and 7 p.m., it is especially important for children to learn pedestrian safety tips that will help make them safer as they walk home from school in the afternoon.

“International Walk to School Day is an opportunity for students to learn safe pedestrian behaviors that will help keep them alive and injury-free as they walk to and from school,” said Sylvia Scholl Safe Kids Wake County coordinator. “It is one thing to tell students about pedestrian safety, but by walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show them proper behaviors and give them the tools to be safer pedestrians. No child should be put in danger simply because they are walking to school or around their neighborhood.”

In 1999, Safe Kids Worldwide and program sponsor FedEx created the Safe Kids Walk This Way Program in the United States to teach safe behaviors to motorists and child pedestrians and create safer, more walkable communities.
Safe Kids Wake County has worked hand-in-hand with FedEx employees to teach Wake County children how to stay safer when they walk for 7 years. Over the past 10 years, the program has expanded to include Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Korea and the Philippines. In 2009, the program will be launched in Thailand and Vietnam.

Program sponsor FedEx provided a special grant to fund the improvements in honor of the Safe Kids Walk This Way program’s 10-year anniversary. The 16 coalitions across the United States and six international member countries participating in the project received grants totaling close to $100,000.

About Safe Kids Wake County
Safe Kids Wake County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Wake County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Wake County was founded in 1996 and is led by WakeMed Health & Hospitals.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $34 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 275,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.