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 about their walking experiences. It takes learning to the next level as students write, recite and perform their original public service announcement and educate the general public about the benefits 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.

2015-16 Winners

2016-17 Curriculum and Activities

Curriculum, student hand-outs and promotional items have been 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 and posters.

Please continue to check back to this site for more information that will be posted regarding curriculum and activities in store for the upcoming school year.

Registration for 2016-17 We're Walking Here is NOW CLOSED

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)

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This year, over 200 New York City classes registered online for the We're Walking Here contest and received copies of the grade-appropriate workbooks, Teacher’s Guides, Student Trackers and Classroom Graphs, along with pedometers and We’re Walking Here pencils. Winning classes received cash prizes for their schools, special items for the students and a chance to get their message heard citywide, and promoted in a big way.