We're Walking Here

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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 or draw a poster message that will educate the general public about the benefit of walking.

This year the theme of the PSA competition focused on Vision Zero, the City’s coordinated effort to drive down traffic fatalities and injuries. As a part of the Vision Zero initiative, we invited students to discuss ways we can all change our behavior on the streets in order to lower traffic fatalities and injuries. These PSAs were directed at teen and adult drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

2017-18 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.

Current Winners

The 2016-2017 We’re Walking Here winners are:

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1st Place - $1,000 J.H.S. 8, Queens
1st Place - $1,000 J.H.S. 8, Queens


2nd Place - $500 Tottenville H.S., Staten Island
2nd Place - $500 Tottenville H.S., Staten Island


3rd Place - $250 J.H.S. 74, Queens
3rd Place - $250 J.H.S. 74, Queens

 

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1st Place - $1,000 – St. Christopher School, Staten Island
1st Place - $1,000 – St. Christopher School, Staten Island


2nd Place - $500 - PS 306, Queens
2nd Place - $500 - PS 306, Queens


3rd Place - $250 – P.S. 69, Bronx
3rd Place - $250 – P.S. 69, Bronx

 

Registration for 2017-18 We're Walking Here is now open.

We do not want any class to miss the opportunity to participate in this competition.

Download the grade-appropriate workbooks for your students and the teacher’s guide so that your class(es) can still enter this year’s competition. We're Walking Here – Grades K – 2 (pdf) We're Walking Here – Grades 3 – 5 (pdf) We're Walking Here – Grades 6 – 12 (pdf) We're Walking Here – Teachers Guide (pdf) We're Walking Here – Student Tracker Guide (pdf)

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The first two classes per school to register will receive a supply tool kit.

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.