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It's Anja Fritz's first year at Grimsrud and things are a little different. To start, her last school had AC.

"It's much hotter than at Centennial," says fourth grader Anja Fritz.

But she says she's been able to keep cool while in the classroom.

"Just taking it easy and drinking lots of water and staying in front of the fan," says Anja.

Her fourth grade teacher has been helping out as much as she can, so Anja and her classmates don't get too hot.

"We try and get the windows open as early as possible and pull in some outside air with fans at the windows. The earlier we get here the better because the school can't be open at night. We're not able to get the fresh air in that's cool during the night," says teacher Marcia Patrie.

The school principal says they have also put fans in the hallways and rotate the kids through rooms that do have AC, such as the library.

"We'll make do and you know make the best of it and provide education. You know that's our one thing but the main thing is safety first with the children," says Principal Willie Nelson.

Some parents have even stepped in to help.

"It seems like it's getting better, a lot better. And tomorrow, somebody is going to bring a portable air conditioner so that we can stay cooler," says fourth grader Megan Hubley.

Each of the students also have a water bottle on their desk and are encouraged to drink it as often as they need.

"I brought 24 water bottles the first day of school, and most kids actually remember to bring them. A lot of kids are freezing them, a water bottle at night, so it cools off during the day or warms up during the day. The bottle melts and they have a nice cold water," says Patrie.

The school also recently purchased several water coolers that are around campus so students can refill their water bottles as often as they need.

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