I am a fourth grade mentor at a college located in an undoubtedly small town. The building is extremely dated and somewhat old. Because the two of us are in the northeastern part of the country, where the weather is always cold and snowy, heating is the priority. It is necessary to run the heating plan in the college from the middle of August until mid-May. The college is not even equipped with any type of cooling system. For heating, the college relies on an unquestionably large, outdated boiler which is linked to radiators in the more than 2 classrooms. My new classroom is in the perfect location that the two of us get just enough heat to keep the students and myself nice and warm. Although the radiator makes a tremendous amount of noise and smells sort of strange, my students and I never complain. We’ve all heard the horror stories of the other classrooms. Those that are located the closest to the boiler are always dreadfully overheated and stuffy. The mentors are often forced to open the windows, even though it’s thirty degrees outside, just to cool their room down a bit. The adolescents frequently come down with headaches, sore throats, and bloody noses. The classrooms located the furthest from the boiler have the opposite problem. They spend the whole day shivering because they don’t get enough heat. I think more than several of the mentors have smuggled small space furnaces into their rooms. Although the space furnaces are a violation of safety codes, they claim that the students are in more danger of freezing to death.
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