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Mercy Medical Center Supports International Walk to School Day

Oct 08, 2013 02:42PM ● By Med Editor

Mercy Medical Center’s Safe Kids Woodbury County will join community volunteers and FedEx employees at various intersections greeting children as they walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 9 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn safe walking skills and to encourage the creation of safe walking environments.

“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” said Karin Ward from Mercy Medical Center“Our children learn by mimicking what they see.  By walking with them on International Walk to School Day, we can show children how to walk safely.

In 2000, 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 and FedEx address the issue through research, physical improvements to school zones, and education and awareness campaigns throughout the year, such as International Walk to School Day. 

Safe Kids coalitions across the country will work with more than 1,000 elementary schools around International Walk to School Day to hold events for children to teach them how to walk safely and recognize pedestrian dangers. Locally, Mercy Medical Center staff and FedEx volunteers will work with third grade students teaching the importance of driver visibility and pedestrian awareness, using FedEx trucks and school buses to simulate real street environments.

International Walk to School Day is a great opportunity for students to learn how to remain injury-free as they walk to and from school,” adds Amy Scarmon from Mercy Medical Center. “Walking to school is also an excellent way for children to be outside and get exercise.  ”

“With more than 90,000 vehicles on the road daily, we understand FedEx has a critical role to play in actively promoting a culture of safety around the world,” said Rose Flenorl, Manager of FedEx Global Citizenship.  “International Walk to School Day is one of the annual highlights of our long-standing collaboration with Safe Kids, as it showcases the passion of FedEx volunteers, safety experts and drivers for keeping our communities safe and healthy.”