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Published Tue, Nov 06, 2012 08:00 PM
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Clayton kids walked on International Walk to School Day

On International Walk to School Day, Oct. 3 Safe Kids Johnston County and the Clayton Police Department joined more than 100 Riverwood Elementary School children and their parents as they walked to raise awareness about pedestrian safety.
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Clayton children joined Safe Kids Johnston County on International Walk to School Day and took a walk.

Safe Kids Johnston County and the Clayton Police Department joined more than 100 Riverwood Elementary School children and their parents Oct. 3 as they took their walk. Their goal was to raise awareness about pedestrian safety.

“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers both teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” said Christina Peterson, Safe Kids Johnston 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.

This fall, Safe Kids released a report titled “ Walking Safely, A Report to the Nation,” a 15-year trend report which examined child pedestrian injuries and deaths in the U.S. The report revealed that while walking safety has improved overall for children since 1995, children continue to be struck by cars. More than 61 children are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and more than 500 children are killed every year.

“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 Peterson. “No child should be put in danger simply because they are walking to school or around their neighborhood.”

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