Teacher who 'goes the extra mile' for pupils by walking them home gets unexpected recognition online

Credit: Facebook/Whitney Achievement Elementary School

A US elementary school teacher who regularly goes the extra mile for his pupils by walking them home has had his efforts recognised online.

Carl Schneider, a special education teacher at Whitney Achievement Elementary School in Tennessee, is one of five teachers from the school who accompany the pupils on the walk home each day, a distance of up to two miles.

For the teachers the journey is routine - the scheme has been running for three years - but they recently received a boost online after a passerby posted an image of Mr Schneider walking with a crowd of pupils on Facebook.

The scheme has been running for three years Credit: Facebook/Whitney Achievement Elementary School

Tabitha Tudy Jones, who took the photograph, commented on the image: "Big UPS to this teacher", and her comments were echoed by many others.

The post has since been liked more than 2,000 times and provoked a good deal of media interest.

"I'm happy the community I work in is being highlighted in a positive way," Mr Schneider, who is originally from Colorado, said to NBC's Today.com.

About 200 pupils live within two miles of the school and make the walk each day Credit: Facebook/Whitney Achievement Elementary School

"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."

About 200 pupils live within two miles of the school and make the walk each day, accompanied by the teachers to ensure they get home safely.

The other teachers on the scheme are Kevin Sullivan, Auriel Rolle-Polk, Allison Thompson and Valeria Bostick.