The majority of young New Yorkers walk to and from school, to transit, and around their city each and every day, for so many reasons. Every October—International Walk to School Month—DOT celebrates this achievement and creates incentives for students and their families to walk greater distances more often.
We’re Walking Here encourages students to think about what is vital to their walking experiences. It takes learning to the next level as students write, recite and perform their original public service announcement, draw a poster or design and create social media messages that will educate the general public about the benefits of walking and encourage people of all ages to walk more.
2015-16 Curriculum and Activities
Curriculum, student hand-outs and promotional items will be delivered to all registered educators. Teachers can incorporate these Common-Core-aligned lessons into their science, language arts, math, health, and physical education fall semester teaching goals. These lessons and activities will help students brainstorm and conceive their PSAs.
The 2014-2015 We’re Walking Here winners are
- 1st Place – $1,000 Corona Arts & Sciences Academy, Queens, New York
- 2nd Place - $750 Notre Dame High School, Staten Island
- 3rd Place - $500 PS 255Q, Flushing, Queens
- 4th Place - $500 PS 94K, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
- Honorable Mention - PS 3, Tottenville, Staten Island
- Honorable Mention – PS 154X, South Bronx, Bronx
Registration for 2015-16 We're Walking Here is now open.
This year, over 200 New York City classes registered online for the We're Walking Here contest to win cash prizes, t-shirts, pedometers, sunglasses, and a chance to get their class's message heard citywide, and promoted in big way.