Oct. 6 is International Walk to School Day

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Oct. 6 is International Walk to School Day.

The event started as a designated day for children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together. It has grown to include more than 40 countries.

More than 100 schools and 50,000 students, parents, educators and neighbors in South Carolina will participate in events, according to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation. The Palmetto State is one of the top five states in the country in participation in International Walk to School Day.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Program helps promote South Carolina's International Walk to School Day Events.

Every year in the U.S. more than 244 children ages 14 and under die nationwide from pedestrian-related injuries and more than 13,000 children go to the emergency room, according to Safe Kids Savannah. Traffic injuries are the second leading cause of death among children ages 10 to 14 worldwide.

Safe Kids Savannah, FedEx, and community leaders will walk with children at Largo-Tibet Elementary School to advocate for safer walking environments for children as part of International Walk to School Day.

Volunteers will walk to school with students at about 8 a.m. to bring attention to unsafe intersections, streets where there are no sidewalks and dangerous areas where pedestrians have either been hit or nearly injured by a car.

At 9:30 a.m. there will be a news conference at Largo-Tibet Elementary School's gym and then the entire school will walk around school grounds.

Safe Kids USA will hold more than 600 International Walk to School Day activities nationwide as part of the Safe Kids Walk This Way pedestrian safety program.

To find participating schools in your area go to: http://www.walktoschool.org/who/.

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