Determined: Indian Kids Wade Across River to Get to School

Aruna Bariya, 14, second left, crosses the Heran River with friends to return home after attending school in the Narmada district of Gujarat state, India. Ajit Solanki / AP

It's a long, wet journey to school for 61 teenagers in western India's Gujarat state. The boys and girls carry books, papers and changes of clothing in plastic bags or buoyant jugs as they cross the Heran River, shoulder deep in places.

The school principal said the students from the villages across the river are so determined to get to class, they have swum the river during heavy rain that made the currents more tumultuous.

Aruna Bariya, 14, center, attends school at Utavali village in Narmada district of Gujarat state, India. The lack of a bridge means Aruna and 60 other children have to wade or swim across the Heran River and then walk up to 3 miles to their high school. It's shorter and quicker than the alternative: A road with a bridge takes a circuitous, 16-mile route. Ajit Solanki / AP

— The Associated Press