Hate taking the bus to school? Try swimming!
It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in part of western India. If they want to learn, they have no choice but to swim.
The boys and girls carry books, papers and changes of clothing in plastic bags or buoyant jugs as they cross the Heran River, where in some places, it's shoulder deep. Parents or other adults sometimes accompany them on the 50-foot swim.
The girls put on their dry clothes in a small changing room while the boys change on the riverbank.
The students then walk up to 3 miles to their high school in Gujarat state's Narmada District. It's shorter and quicker than the alternative, a road with a bridge takes a circuitous, 16-mile route. There's no public transportation.
The students say the swim is worth it for an education that can help lift them out of poverty in India. At least 700 million people there live on less than $1.25 a day.
The Utavali High School principal said the students from the villages across the river are very determined to get to class. They have swum the river during heavy rain that made the for dangerous currents.
The school is trying to accommodate them by forgiving late arrivals and if the weather is bad, students are sent home early.
"We have asked for a bridge time and time again," Principal Rajendra Purohit said.
Critical thinking challenge: Why are the teens so eager to learn? Is it because they love swimming to school?