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Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-6507

Mother of  Pedestrian Killed on Halloween Joins Volunteers, Firefighters to Educate Others at Seneca Valley High School

Weeklong Effort to Wrap Up on Monday

Monday, April 22, 2013; 2 p.m.

Seneca Valley High School, 19401 Crystal Rock Drive, Germantown


Community volunteers, parents and Montgomery County firefighters will join Gwendolyn Ward, mother of Christina Morris-Ward, the 15-year old Seneca Valley High School student who was tragically killed crossing Germantown Road on Halloween morning, in a campaign to increase pedestrian safety and help students avoid future tragedies.

Since April 11, a team of pedestrian safety champions have been stationed at intersections near the school, providing pedestrian safety tips to students, distributing reflective materials and pointing out unsafe behaviors, such as texting or wearing ear buds while crossing. The teams have conducted interventions before school, at lunchtime or at dismissal time.

The campaign kicked off with a school assembly for more than 1,200 students that featured Ward, Principal Marc Cohen, Police Captain Thomas Didone and MCDOT Pedestrian Safety Coordinator Jeff Dunckel. The assembly also featured a 10-minute public service announcement produced by students at the high school that highlighted the importance of being a safe pedestrian and driver.

Note to Editors: Gwendolyn Ward will be available for interviews.

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