At one primary school in Chenping Village, Teng County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, every child’s desk contains a lifejacket. This unusual school supply is needed because the 30 Guangxi children paddle rafts to school each day to cross a 500-meter-wide reservoir. The children are as young as 4 years old.
If they didn’t paddle the 500 meters across the reservoir, they would have to walk 4 km. each way along the rocky, mountainous terrain of the reservoir. After the school reported the situation, the local education bureau supplied life jackets for each student.
The officials have stated that if there is heavy rain or strong winds, the children do not have to paddle across the reservoir to attend school.
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