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Published August 24, 2012, 04:52 PM

Students try to keep cool in classrooms without air-conditioning

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Reading, writing, and arithmetic just got a little more stressful in some Fargo elementary school buildings that have no air-conditioning.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Reading, writing, and arithmetic just got a little more stressful in some Fargo elementary school buildings that have no air-conditioning.

With the temperature hitting 95-degrees today, teachers and their students took some "cool down" measures to keep the sweltering heat out of their rooms.

In Mrs. Severtson's 4th grade classrooms, it was lights out today.

One student says, "It is really hot so I am really tired."

The upper level of Clara Barton, a little steamy in this decades old air-condition-less building.

Michelle Severtson/Clara Barton teacher: "There is a thermometer over there but we do not look at it, too much reality but you have to watch the kids and see how they are doing."

Even with windows open and fans going full speed, students fanned themselves, students sat at desks with water bottles. Anything to keep cool as the temperatures climbed to 90 in the classrooms.

"Sticky, you are sweating."

Tanya Wrigley Lingle/Clara Barton-Hawthorne Principal: "Sometimes the lights go off and we take the kids to the library because the library has Air."

The Fargo school district has 6 older brick buildings that do not have air conditioning. Principals are making sure students stay hydrated, and comfortable despite the heat on this first week of school.

Jeff Schatz/Fargo School Supt.: "If we can get cooler nights then the buildings can cool down at night."

The reality is cooler temps are coming the hockey boards are already up at Clara Barton, so ice time is not that far off.

And the students don't have long before their first day of vacation. They are off Monday, September 3rd, which is labor day.

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