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Students try to stay cool in old, sweltering school buildings

With a fan circulating hot air, students played during the last week of classes at the Higginson-Lewis School.
With a fan circulating hot air, students played during the last week of classes at the Higginson-Lewis School.Bill Greene/Globe Staff

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Let Nicolas L’Huillier tell it: Baby, it’s hot inside.

How hot?

“H-a-a-a-a-t,’’ stressed the gap-toothed L’Huillier, a Beethoven Elementary School second-grader, as he tilted his head upwards and breathed out the word as though it were a ball of flames.

With his short hair sticking on his head, L’Huiller — who said he is 7¾ years old — was voicing a collective unease Monday felt by students in the area who are wrapping up the long academic year in aging, sweltering school buildings this late in June, a time when they would normally be off.

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