We couldn’t have dreamed up a better story to tell on International Walk To School Day.
Carl Schneider, a special education teacher at Whitney Achievement Elementary School, is part of a group of five teachers committed to personally walking home about 200 kids from school every day.
The volunteer group formed after a number of school staff realized that it might be a challenge for kids to make it home safely without a chaperone—the walk is two miles for some, through rough neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee.
“We can just get to know the kids and talk about what they did over the weekend or how their behavior was at school that day,” Schneider told WHBQ.
This has been part of the teachers’ routines for three years, but just now gained recognition in the media after a photo posted by an admirer was widely shared.
(WATCH the video below from WHBQ-TV) Photos: Whitney Achievement Elementary School FacebookFOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13