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Quincy schools celebrate International Walk to School Day

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Transportation officials across the country are encouraging parents to help their children walk and bicycle to school as a part of "International Walk to School" month this month.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among children 3 to 14. More than 61 children are injured every day severely enough to seek medical attention and more than 500 children are killed every year. That is why Safe Kids Adams County is teaming up with 4 Quincy schools to teach students about pedestrian safety.

The purpose of the "Walk to School" month is to teach kids the importance of stopping to think before crossing the street.

Jan Hummel of Safe Kids Adams County says, "We've been doing this now for 6 years so those 2nd graders are now junior high aged kids and we hope that they're still remembering those aspects. And then, even as they get older and they're driving then they'll be watchful of pedestrians too."

One popular approach is the "walking school bus," in which children walk designates routes under adult supervision and pick up other students along the way.

Activities on October 3rd:

8:30 am - Washington School

9:30 am - St. Francis School

10:15 am - Madison School

Activities on October 4th:

8:00 am - Berrian School

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