This Wednesday (Oct. 8th) parents and students are encouraged to leave the vehicles parked in the driveway and walk to school. 

All drivers should be on the lookout on Casper area roads during the International Walk To School Day on Wednesday. Safe Kids of Central Wyoming will join local school children and FedEx volunteers on to teach pedestrian safety and to encourage the creation of safe walking paths.

“On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers teach and model safe pedestrian behavior,” said Pam Evert, coordinator of Wyoming Medical Center’s Safe Communities/Safe Kids of Central Wyoming“Our children learn by mimicking what they see.  By walking with them, 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 walk-able 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.

“Walking to school is also an excellent way for children to be outside and get exercise,” Evert said.

 

About Safe Kids of Central Wyoming

Wyoming Medical Center is the lead agency of Safe Kids of Central Wyoming  which works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include Casper Fire/EMS, MADD, State Farm Insurance, American National Insurance, Casper Police Department, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Prevention Management Organization,  Casper College, YMCA, Wyoming Cancer Resource Center, Headstart, Casper Recreation Center, Mercer Family Resource Center, Wyoming Department of Transportation and many other volunteers.

For more information, visit safekids.org or wyomingmedicalcenter.org.