I went to a high school built on swampland that used to flood each spring with coliform-saturated water from the nearby pond. Just another disgusting aspect of the godforsaken hellhole I grew up in.
Oh, and the basement of the school was where lunch was served, so not the greatest smelling place even on the best of days; by around April it was a challenge just holding back that vomit reflex long enough to finish a meal.
My one regret was when they finally tore that school down I wasn't there to watch. It would have been a great catharsis.
They finally tore it down because it was sinking about 4 inches a year (due to it having be built on swampland). I'm sure the health of the schoolchildren were also a minor consideration.
The school was constantly being shut down and de-hazarded, the rest of the time it just smelled like... well, bad.
The third one stayed up though. :)
Reading must have given you pleasure as a child. I hope you had some favorite books as a child.
Good point! Our town did have an excellent public library, where I spent many of my happier moments.