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Community groups come together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5

October 03, 2016 by Amy Holcombe

GREENVILLE - According to the National Center for Health Statistics, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages three to 14 worldwide. In the United States, child pedestrian injury remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 5 to 19. Active Routes to School and Safe Kids Pitt County activities are designed to help children walk safely all year round.

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join more than 3 million children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

This event is sponsored by Active Routes to Schools and SAFE KIDS Pitt County in partnership with the Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program at Vidant Medical Center.

WHAT: International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

WHO: The following will be participating:

  • Students and parents from Eastern Elementary.
  • Students and parents from South Greenville Elementary
  • Students and parents from Ridgewood Elementary
  • Students and parents from A.G. Cox Middle
  • Community leaders and dignitaries including Kandie Smith, Rick Smiley and Greenville City Police Department
  • Representatives from Active Routes to School, Safe Communities Coalition of Pitt County, Pitt County Health
Department, SAFE KIDS Pitt County, the Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program and Fed Ex.

WHEN: Eastern Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:15 am

South Greenville Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Ridgewood Elementary Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:30 am

A.G. Cox Middle Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:45 am

WHERE: Eastern Elementary School (Jaycee Park). 2000 Cedar Ln, Greenville, NC.

South Greenville Elementary School (front of school). 811 Howell St., Greenville, NC.

Ridgewood Elementary School Corner of Stillwood Drive and Flora Drive in the Langston West neighborhood

A.G. Cox Middle School (Winterville Recreation Park)

For more information, call Taylor Cabaniss, Eastern Carolina Injury Prevention Program, at 252-847-1402, or visit:

International Walk to School in the USA www.walktoschool.org National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org International Walk to School www.iwalktoschool.org

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