It’s a line uttered so often that at this point it’s become a tired cliche. “When I was young I walked ten miles to school. In the snow. Uphill. Both ways.”
The thing is, to one young student in China, it’s not a joke. It’s a way he gets his education.
A picture of the young student, named Wang Fuman, has been sweeping the world recently.
It’s not really about what’s in the picture though, but the story behind it.
Fuman, who resides with his sister in the northeastern Yunnan Province, lives 4.5 kilometers from the school. That’s 2.7 miles!
Every day he has to walk to school. Travel time? One hour!
On Jan. 8, he made his usual walk. This day stands out though because it was only 15 degrees outside.
We often cancel school when it gets too cold because we don’t want kids standing outside waiting for the bus.
To this young learner though, the temperature was not an obstacle.
When Fuman walked in the door, the headmaster of the school had to snap a picture of him. His hair and eyebrows were covered with ice and snow.
The poor child’s fingers were swollen and cracked. One thing not iced over? His mind.
In one of the images shared, you can see an image of a test on the kid’s desk. He scored 99 out of 100.
If he can do that after an hour in weather that bad, imagine what he could do on a warm, clear day! The boy was quickly dubbed “Ice Boy” by an impressed internet.
The boy, all of 8 years old, doesn’t seem to hold a grudge against his daily trek for knowledge. He said, “Going to school is cold, but it’s not too hard.”
If there’s one thing this image does, it’s warm teachers’ hearts to see such an education dedication.
Although, it also shuts down the complaints we hear from our own kids about why they shouldn’t go to school on a particular day, doesn’t it?
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