Safe Kids of Central Wyoming
will join Casper area school children and FedEx volunteers 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 Pam Evert, Safe Communities/Safe Kids of Central Wyoming. “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 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 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 volunteers, Fed Ex employees, Casper Fire/EMS & local law enforcement will be at Willard Elementary, 129 N. Elk, Casper and Evansville Elementary, 452 Texas Street, Evansville from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. and then again from 3:15 – 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9th. The volunteers will teach school children and their parents how to walk safely and recognized pedestrian dangers.
“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 Pam Evert, Safe Communities/Safe Kids of Central Wyoming. “Walking to school is also an excellent way for children to be outside and get exercise. ”
Motorists are encouraged to be extra vigilant in and around school zones especially during the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
For more information about International Safe Walk to School Day, contact Pam Evert, Safe Communities/Safe Kids of Central Wyoming, 307-577-7904.