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Doane Academy seniors celebrate after canoeing across the Delaware River to the first day of school in Burlington City on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.

Cherry Hill Courier-Post

BURLINGTON CITY — Forget walking or riding a bike, bus or a car to report to class on the first day of the new school year.

Seniors at the private Doane Academy in Burlington City arrived for their final year of high school Tuesday by paddling canoes across the Delaware River, maintaining a school tradition while still taking coronavirus prevention precautions.

In the flotilla of more than a dozen red canoes were 26 of the 28 seniors class members and a few chaperones. There were two to a canoe to adhere to social distancing of at least six feet and all canoers wore life jackets but also masks, which also are required inside and outside the historic pre-K to 12 school on