|Images from our visit to the Kanton School|
For others of us, the day started with a hot, two-and-a-half mile walk (each way) along the atoll’s only road, to visit the Kanton school. There, Greg gave the ten students and two teachers educational material brought from New England Aquarium and a sister school in Weston, and Larry contributed magazines and children’s books from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Sea Grant – and also candy, to break the ice!
The school is a building within a building – schoolrooms built inside a large corrugated metal building with a cool, smooth cement floor that’s a remnant of when Kanton was a much larger community.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Kanton held American and British bases, an airstrip where Pan American Airlines flights stopped to refuel, and a hotel – a few thousand people lived here at one time. The current small village of 40, caretakers for PIPA, rotate off after a period.
|Images from the drift dive|
In the afternoon, some of the divers did a drift dive, riding the several-knot incoming tidal current inward from just outside the lagoon entrance– a high-speed look at the atoll’s opening.