International Walk to School Day emphasizes reflective clothing, wintertime visibility
International Walk to School Day is about getting kids active on their way to learning, but it's also about teaching them how to stay visible and be better pedestrians, especially in the lower light of winter.
People in Anchorage participated in the international day on Wednesday with an event called Walk this Way, which is now in its 20th year. It featured parents, community leaders, volunteers and organizations like the Anchorage Police Department, Anchorage Fire Department, Safe Kids Alaska State Coalition, FedEx and the Anchorage School District. The group walked with students to Tudor Elementary School.
"We really stress reflector use and visibility during the winter," said Sara Penisten Turcic with Safe Kids Alaska. "'Cause kids are walking to school in low light conditions and in kind of that deep part of winter — December and early January — they're walking home in low light conditions."
Turcic added the event mixes humor and education during an assembly. She said it's a fashion show of reflectors.
One of the other goals of the event is to make drivers more aware of pedestrians.
According to the World Health Organization's Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, road traffic injury is the leading cause of death of children and young adults aged 5-29.
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