Overcoming Challenges, Exceeding Expectations

The students of WanJia Elementary are incredible in both the challenges they encounter on a daily basis at face value and their accomplishments in light of these challenges. The students walk several miles in whatever weather faces them in the heights of the mountains to and from school everyday without any break. Their parents often have gone to large cities to find work and the children have to live with their grandparents. The rural lifestyle requires many hours of farmwork and chores every day, such as feeding animals, harvesting crops, and tending to fields. Many students have grandparents that are unable to do the physical labor required of the rural lifestyle and as a result the students must do these chores on a daily basis in addition to their schoolwork. At school, the students work together whenever and wherever they are needed to in the daily ongoings of the school day. Each student has his or her own responsibilty and executes his or her task quickly and efficiently, forming one cog in a well oiled machine of the student body. 

万家小学的学生面对的困难有很多。学生们每天要走很远的山路出上学。很多学生的父母都进城市里面去工作,所以好多学生要照护爷爷奶奶和兄弟姐妹。在农村长大可不容易。每天都要花几个小时的时间去干农活。在学校里,学生们也要干活。所有学校该清理的地方都由孩子来清理。

A School Day

For most of the students, the day begins before the sun rises over the mountains as early as 5 A.M. Students get to work with their chores at home and the farmwork that needs to be done before the day can begin. After finishing their chores, students walk on narrow dirth paths on the sides of mountains on their way to school. During rainy days these paths are treacherous to walk in and often become ankle deep mud. After arriving at school first, older students bring water in buckets to troughs near the entrance to the school. The water is then used by arriving students to wash their shoes in order to prevent tracking any mud into the school. After a majority of the students arrive, the water is used by the older students to clean the courtyard. Students have for periods of class during the day, with a lunch period in the middle in the classrooms. All students contribute some way to the lunch process, whether it be the older students bringing the food out of the kitchen, or the younger students arranging tables, chairs, and bringing utensils out. The students eat together, and there is always a few older students at each table to ensure that cleanup goes smoothly.

对许多学生来说,每天都要很早起来干活。天一亮,学生们就起来了。学生先在家拔干些农活后就要赶路上学了。学生们要走很危险的山路去上学。下雨天时,这些山路会很难走充满了泥泞。一到学校,高年级的学生就要去打水。这样每个学生就可以把鞋洗干净,避免把泥土带到学校。用过的水就用来洗院子。学生一天有四节课,中间有午饭在教室里面吃。吃饭地时候,所有的学生都帮忙。有的端饭,摆桌子,有的洗碗。学生一起吃饭。每一个桌子上都有高年级的学生来帮助小的。


After lunch, the students all take part in cleaning up the lunchroom with what they have. Younger students take utensils and bowls to the kitchen where older students wash them. Meanwhile, older students sweep and wash the classrooms, rearragne the benches and desks, and prepare the room for class. Once the classroom is ready for class, the students go outside for exercise and to take a recess.

吃完饭,学生都帮助清理食堂(教室)。小年级的学生收碗筷。高年级的洗碗筷。高年级的学生还打扫教室。打扫完了,学生们才出去到院子里面完。