Two schools in northeast Queens – P.S. 4 in Fresh Meadows and M.S. 158 Marie Curie in Bayside – are the winners of the Department of Transportation (DOT)’s fifth annual “We’re Walking Here” poster campaign.
The competition asked schools to develop creative public-service announcements (PSAs) that encourage safe and active lifestyle choices, such as walking. As part of the competition, students tracked the number of blocks they walked over two weeks, and then participated in classroom activities. The final project was the PSA.
P.S. 4 won first place in the poster category, while M.S. 158 Marie Curie secured second place. The Corona Arts and Sciences Academy also won second place, but in the video category.
“I could not be prouder of every student who put their creative minds behind the crucial message of the We’re Walking Here campaign,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. “With over 100 schools participating, this year’s winners have a lot to be proud of.”
The contest began last October, as participating schools downloaded lesson plans and specific curricula developed by the DOT’s Safety Education and Outreach division. The first place winners received $1,000 grants, and second place schools got a $250 prize.