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 and the National Road Safety Foundation celebrate this achievement and create incentives for students and their families to walk greater distances more often.

We’re Walking Here (WWH) encourages students to think about what is vital to their walking experiences. It takes learning to the next level as students write, recite, perform, or photograph their original public service announcement (PSA). The nine week contest begins October 2nd, 2019 and concludes December 4th, 2019 when student-created PSA’s are due back to us.

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This year students are invited to submit pairs of original photographs encouraging safer traffic behaviors (detailed in Teacher’s Guide). As in previous years, videos, storybooks or audio recordings emphasizing Vision Zero concepts are also eligible for submission to the contest.

2019-2020 Curriculum and Activities

A WWH Starter Kit with curriculum, student hand-outs and promotional items will be delivered to the first 200 WWH-registered educators. Teachers can incorporate the 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 PSA’s. NEW! While we no longer require submission of a completed classroom graph, we do strongly recommend that students complete the structured walking activity to reinforce best traffic safety practices. Up to two classes per school are eligible to receive the free WWH Starter Kits delivered to their school (on a first come, first served basis), but additional classes may also register to participate, downloading printed materials.

Current Winners

2018-2019 We’re Walking Here Winners

Video Category:

1st Place - $1,000 – P.S. 90 – Edna Cohen School, Brooklyn    1st Place - $1,000 – P.S. 90 – Edna Cohen School, Brooklyn

2nd Place - $500 – I.S. 141 – Shakespeare Academy, Queens    2nd Place - $500 – I.S. 141 – Shakespeare Academy, Queens

3rd Place - $250 – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts    3rd Place - $250 – Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

 

Poster Category:

1st Place - $1,000 – P.S. 59 – Harbor View School, Staten Island
1st Place - $1,000 – P.S. 59 – Harbor View School, Staten Island



2nd Place - $500 – St. Christopher’s School, Staten Island
2nd Place - $500 – St. Christopher’s School, Staten Island

3rd Place - $250 – Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Bayside, Queens
3rd Place - $250 – Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Bayside, Queens

 

Registration for 2019 – 2020 We’re Walking Here competition is open.

The first 200 educators registering for the competition will receive a free WWH Starter Kit delivered to their school. You can also download the grade-appropriate workbooks and Teacher’s Guide using the links below:

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 be eligible to receive a free WWH Starter Kit.

Having applied for a free WWH 2019 Starter Kit, I agree to submit a student-created PSA by December 4, 2019.

This year, over 200 New York City classes registered online for the We're Walking Here contest to win cash prizes, pedometers, and a chance to get their class's message heard citywide, and promoted in big way.