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Local school gets creative to stay cool during warmer weather

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

With temperatures into the mid 80's on Wednesday means it's time to start thinking of ways to keep cool, including in your child's school.

Some have air conditioning and others don't, which means some have to get creative.

Students and staff at Dorman Elementary School in Springfield are toughing it out as usual with no air condition, as temps reach their highest point in 2018.

 Principal Rhonda Lewis has to get creative when the temperatures start hovering around 80 degrees.

"We are beginning to adjust our windows a little bit so we get a breeze then we keep the doors open. There's two doors in each classroom, so with the cross breeze and both doors open on both sides of the hallway it provides a nice cross ventilation," said Principal l Lewis. 

She also encourages her students to drink water and the school even provides a sweet snack every now and then.

"The kids hydrate. They're able to bring water into school and we often give them popsicles and they have lots of water breaks," Lewis added. 

Students were filling up their water bottles as they headed out for recess dressed for the sunshine on Wednesday. 

On Wednesday, the kids were nothing but smiles, seeing how they could go on the swings, zipping down the slide, or even playing their own rendition of red rover.

D'andre Moses is a fourth grader at Dorman, and he took the time go give us a one on one in between games.

"It almost feels like summer, it feels pretty good for a spring day," said Moses. 

He told Western Mass News that if given the choice, they'd be outside all day.

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