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Teachers in Memphis, Tennessee, are showing that a little kindness goes a long way. A group has been walking hundreds of students home from Whitney Achievement Elementary School every day.
They have been doing this for the past three years, with 100 students walking west of the school and 100 students walking east of the school. The teachers accompany them, giving them a chance to interact with the parents as well and update them on their children's progress.
"One of the things we realized immediately was the safety of our students was priority No. 1, and connecting with the community is right up there with that,'' Chris Hill, the director of communications for the Achievement School District, told Today.com. "The kids love it, and they even request certain teachers, and we've been learning that the teachers thoroughly enjoy connecting with the students."
Special education teacher Carl Schneider has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to bond further with his students. He has been working at the school as part of the Teach for America program. He's proud to be part of the special efforts teachers are going to for their students.
"I'm happy the community I work in is being highlighted in a positive way,'' Schneider told Today.com. "I think our students deserve the same love and quality education as students in any other district. It's a lot of fun, and it's a great way to get to know the students on a more informal basis and talk about their day."