International Walk To School Day On October 4th

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Published: September 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM EDT

Students from the Roselle Park School District (RPSD) will be joined by the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD), Roselle Park crossing guards, community leaders, and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, October 4th, to raise awareness about pedestrian safety as well as to encourage a safe walking environment.

International Walk to School Day has more than a quarter million children across America learn how to walk safely in their community.

Safe Kids Worldwide along with program sponsor FedEx created the Walk This Way program 17 years ago to teach safe behavior to motorists as well as child pedestrians while creating safer, pedestrain=friendly communities.

The group is working with Roselle Park school principals and RPPD Captain Daniel J. McCaffery along with teachers and parents to share safety tips and demonstrate the importance of visibility and pedestrian awareness. Young adults who have survived being struck by motor vehicles as pedestrians will be present at the event to share their story and support the message of pedestrian safety.

“International Walk to School Day is a big day at FedEx,” commented Rose Flenorl, Manager of FedEx Global Citizenship, “In hundreds of cities around the world FedEx safety experts, drivers and other volunteers work with Safe Kids to reach and teach tens of thousands of children about road safety.”

Safe Kids Union County works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include Laura Kompany and Kaylee McGuire from Children’s Specialized Hospital, Greg Polakoski from RPPD, and other representatives from emergency response professions, public health nurses, parents, athletic trainers, and more. Safe Kids Union County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Union County is led by Children’s Specialized Hospital. For more information, visit safekids.org (link).