'Snowflake Boy' school gets new dorm

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Wang Fuman, from rural Ludian in Yunnan province and better known on the internet as "Snowflake Boy", moved into his primary school's new dormitory recently, along with 72 other students, with the help of civil groups and local government.

"Snowflake Boy" Wang Fuman. [Photo by FU HENG/FOR CHINA DAILY]

Chen Furong, director of the Ludian education department, told Xinhua News Agency they raised more than 800,000 yuan ($124,772) from various sources to carry out renovations on Zhuanshanbao primary school's class building, dormitory and canteen.

141 students study at Zhuanshanbao primary school in Ludian. Wang, an 8-year-old boy, is one of them. He attracted attention nationwide after his photograph was posted on the internet by the principal of his primary school on Jan 8.

The picture showed him with his hair covered in ice after he walked more than four kilometers in freezing temperatures to reach his school.

After that, Wang was nicknamed "Snowflake Boy". He lives with his father, 10-year-old sister and sick grandmother in an impoverished mountainous area. His mother left home two years ago.

"The school's previous teacher dormitory was changed into a new one for students," Chen said. "It has electric heaters, and all lights, doors and windows have been replaced by new ones."

A total of 73 students have moved into the new dormitory so far — 40 boys and 33 girls, the program head said.

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