International Walk to School Day Highlights Pedestrian Safety

WHO:

The Safe Kids Greater Dallas Coalition led by Children’s Medical Center will teach kids how to walk safely to school.

WHAT:

The Safe Kids Greater Dallas Coalition led by Children’s Medical Center will join local school children and FedEx volunteers to raise awareness about pedestrian safety for International Walk to School Day. Volunteers will escort children to John Ireland Elementary School; this school was selected because it resides in a high risk zip code for motor pedestrian injuries and deaths.

An estimated 50 volunteers walking to the school will identify unsafe intersections, streets needing sidewalks, and dangerous areas where pedestrians have been struck or nearly injured by vehicles. After walking to school, second grade students will gather outside for a short presentation before practicing safe walking with their teachers and the volunteers in a parade led by Dallas ISD police and the Dallas Police Department around the school.

WHEN:

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013
7:00 a.m. – Volunteers walk kids to school
8:30 a.m. – Parade

WHERE:

John Ireland Elementary School
1515 N. Jim Miller Rd.
Dallas, TX 75217
In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held inside the school.

WHY:

In 2012, Children’s treated 73 patients injured in pedestrian accidents. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages five to 19. Each day, an estimated 61 children in the U.S. are injured as pedestrians and more than 500 children are killed each year.

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