The neighborhoods around Walter Miller ES were busier than usual on Wednesday October 4, 2017. Thanks to some community partners, the school celebrated International Walk to School Day with a group walk from three neighborhood locations to the school along with two assemblies that featured safety tips for both pedestrians and bicyclists. The purpose IWTS Day is to create safer routes and promote both driver and pedestrian safety to fight alarming statistics:
· In 2015, there were 456 pedestrian fatalities among children ages 19 and under.
· More than 40 kids are hit by cars and killed or injured every day in the United States.
· In 2015, 70 percent of child pedestrian deaths occurred at non-intersection locations.
The event was made possible through a grant coordinated by Safe Kids Worldwide through Saint Mary Medical Center. Representatives from the hospital joined several Middletown Township police officers, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and Fedex were all on hand to join our walking students and their families on the way to school. They greeted all the students as they entered school.
Two assemblies followed, one for K-2 and the second for grades 3 and 4. Students received valuable lessons about pedestrian and traffic safety, including a fun excercise where they simulated a traffic situation posing as cars, bicycles and themselves.