Little Legs for Green Streets
Brooklyn kids say, "Go Green!"
Students at P.S. 321 in Park Slope participated in an Earth Day walk-a-thon to raise money for three non-profit green groups, including Transportation Alternatives.
Hundreds of kids got a rare car-free experience by being able to walk up a closed down 3rd Street to Prospect Park. T.A. Executive Director Paul Steely White was on hand and joined future advocates, parents, and teachers on a short loop of the Park.
Paul Steely White: [00:10] Here we are this morning at one of the best schools in New York City, PS321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. And today’s a very special day for the school because all of the kids and many of the parents are walking to save the Earth.
Speaker: [00:29] This is part of our Go Green initiative this year and we’re… the entire school, in descending size order, is walking around the park to raise money for Transportation Alternatives and Amazon Watch and Added Value.
Speaker: [00:49] I think these kids are doing an amazing job. These are the best walking kids I’ve ever seen in my life, because it’s promoting safe, sustainable transportation. It’s certainly worth walking for.
Paul Steely White: [01:02] Look at all these eco-friendly kids. They’re all raising money and awareness for safe livable streets. I don’t know if you saw, but they closed 3rd Street so the kids could walk right in the middle of the street, and the cars just had to wait.
Speaker: [01:24] Transportation Alternatives was really everyone’s favourite, and we chose three for parents to give to. So it’s Transportation Alternatives and Amazon Groups or something National and also they studied the Amazon, and then a greenmarket in Redhook. And we’ll know probably in a couple of weeks how much money we raised. But parents wrote checks directly and we bundle it and contribute and hopefully people like Transportation Alternatives will come in to the school, the kids will meet them and hear a little bit about where the money’s going to.
Speaker: [01:54] Transportation Alternatives do so many great things to make New York friendly for bicycles and are just regular people getting around and cutting down the carbon footprint of the city.
Speaker: [02:04] That’s why my contribution went to Transportation Alternatives because one less car is better for this town.
Paul Steely White:
[02:10] They’re already advocates. A lot of these kids have
written letters, you know, done refrigerator art in support of walking
and bicycling and I’m sure that only more to come.