St. Paul students learn lessons in getting to school safely
Crossroads Elementary among 500 schools nationwide promoting safe walking on International Walk to School Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. (OCT. 10, 2018) — Nearly 500 students from St. Paul's Crossroads Elementary got important lessons outside their classrooms today as they walked together to support safe walking choices and safer pedestrian environments as part of International Walk to School Day.

The event, sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools, Safe Kids Minnesota, Safe Kids Greater East Metro, and FedEx, was one of more than 500 International Walk to School Day activities nationwide. More than 250,000 children coast-to-coast participated in International Walk to School Day.

"With school now well underway, International Walk to School Day is the perfect time to focus on keeping our kids safe while walking to school or other places," said Safe Kids Minnesota Coordinator Erin Petersen. "Getting adult partners involved in teaching pedestrian safety sets a great example."

Each day, more than 40 children are hit by a car in the United States — that's more than 15,000 each year. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide. In Minnesota, pedestrian deaths and injuries have spiked in recent years, with children remaining among the most at-risk groups. Safe Kids Minnesota and FedEx are working together to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety, create safer routes for walking and bicycling to school.

Hundreds of Crossroads Elementary students in grades K-5 walked together with volunteers from Safe Kids Minnesota, FedEx, Saint Paul Public Schools, Safe Kids Greater East Metro, Minnesota Safety Council, Saint Paul Fire Department and Saint Paul Police Department to support safer pedestrian environments for school children. Kindergarteners and first grade students received a copy of the new special edition "Clifford Takes a Walk" book created by Scholastic Books, FedEx and Safe Kids Worldwide to reinforce safe walking choices.

Top Tips for Kids
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing the street. And continue looking until safely across.
  • It's always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Be especially careful in parking lots or when crossing driveways.
  • If you are using a cell phone, head phones or a game, remember: Devices down when you cross the street.
Top Tips for Parents
  • Talk to your kids about how to be safe while walking. It's always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Teach kids at an early age to put down their devices and then look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
  • Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but developmentally, it can be hard for kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
  • Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
  • Set a good example by putting devices down when you are driving or walking around cars. If we put our devices down, our kids are more likely to do the same.
  • When driving, be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones and be on the lookout for bikers, walkers or runners who may be distracted or may step into the street unexpectedly.
"International Walk to School Day is a big day at FedEx," said 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. As part of our FedEx Cares commitment to invest $200 million in 200 cities around the world by 2020, our team members are passionate about volunteering to help keep kids and communities safe."

About Safe Kids Minnesota
Safe Kids Minnesota works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death for children and teens. It is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Minnesota was founded in 1988 and is led by the Minnesota Safety Council. For more information, visit www.safekids.org or www.minnesotasafetycouncil.or/safekids.

About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $67 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 425,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.
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