We're Walking Here
The majority of young New Yorkers walk to and from school, to transit and around their city each and every day. 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.
Last year, over 100 New York City schools registered to win cash prizes. The competition is free to participate.
Due to overwhelming demand, We're Walking Here 2013 is no longer taking registrants. Thank you for your interest in the program. To be notified of future competitions and DOT safety programs, please sign up for the monthly DOT Safety Education newsletter.
The 2012-13 We're Walking Here contest winners
PS 94 in Queens, The David D. Porter School, won the $1,000 Grand Prize for their video, I’m Walkin’.
PS 19 in Staten Island, The Curtis School, won second place and a $750 award for their video, Let Your Feet Meet the Street.
The Brooklyn Academy of Innovative Technology won third place and a $500 award for their video.
We’re Walking Here (WWH) encourages students to think about what is vital about their walking experiences. It takes learning to the next level as they write, recite and perform their original PSA and educate the general public about the benefits of walking.
The first 100 teachers to register their classes will receive enhanced We're Walking Here starter kits with pedometers and high visibility slap bracelets (maximum two per school). All registrants will receive lesson plans/curriculum, student worksheets, trackers and pencils, a school banner, and a poster-sized bar graph to display student progress. Read the full competition rules
- Teacher's Guide for grades K-5 (pdf)
- Teacher's Guide for 6-12 (pdf)
- Student activity trackers (pdf)
- Classroom graph (pdf)
A Grand Prize will be awarded to the school with the overall best entry ($1,000), and for second place ($750), and for 3rd place ($500). All submissions are due by midnight, Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
All WWH 2013 teachers who register classes will be asked to sign a confirmation, upon receipt of their WWH 2013 Starter Kit, that they intend to complete both parts of the WWH 2013 contest—tracking two weeks of student walking and submitting the class PSA to DOT—by November 20, 2013.