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Hundreds take part in International Walk to School Day

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Wednesday was National Walk to School Day and hundreds of students across Charlotte-Mecklenburg took part. One large group walked to Highland Creek Elementary School.

Every day, 44 children are hit by a car in the United States. That's 16,000 children hit by cars every year. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the second-leading cause of death among children ages 5 to 14 worldwide. 

Safe Kids Charlotte Mecklenburg and FedEx are working together to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety, create safer routes for walking and bicycling to school. 

On Tuesday, a 11-year-old girl was hit and seriously injured when she was hit by a car trying to get to a bus stop.

ARTICLE: 11-year-old girl hit by car in north Charlotte while walking to bus stop, family says

This event aims to help teach both children and parents responsible habits.

"I love watching nature and watching the birds fly by. I just love being outside," said Anna Shiel, a student at Highland Creek Elementary school.

"It is a fun and exciting day and if every day was like this with parents walking their children to school, learning safe habits,” said Kate Carr, the President/CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.

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