Makai Simmons, a 3-year-old from Pembroke Pines, entered his classroom and was immediately hugged. In the video recorded by his mother Tekara Capron, Makai wipes away tears as someone says, "We've missed you."
"They came and hugged and supported him," Capron told CNN. "It really touched me, you know, that's what I needed."
Capron told CNN that she grew up in the Bahamas and tries to return there every time she has a vacation weekend. When the Labor Day weekend came, there was no question that she would be traveling to Freeport, Grand Bahama with her son, hoping to avoid Hurricane Dorian heading toward the coast of Florida.
"Instead, it went straight to My Island, where my entire family, friends and loved ones lived," Capron said.
Hurricane Dorian tore a path of destruction over Grand Bahama and the Abaco islands, where at least 50 people died and hundreds were missing and around 70,000 people homeless.
The 22-year-old said she had previously experienced hurricanes, but this was "terrible."
"He was absolutely devastating and scared of me, especially in front of my son," Capron said.
She remembers the terrible moments when the door of her grandmother's house flew open as Dorian walked across the island. She took Makai in his arms and held him tight.
"Makai said, Mom, I'm so scared," she said. "I'll hold on to him if I have to run away."
They survived Dorian, but the house they were in was flooded. Capron took a picture of Makai, standing next to the waterline in the house, almost reaching to his chest.
Capron said her family lost a lot, but that "they are material objects." She is grateful that she has just survived with her family.
Makai calls Dorian the monster because the wind sounded like that for him, Capron said.
After surviving Dorian's wrath, it was a special moment when the children hugged their son.
"My whole country is at such a point of devastation and everything we've seen," she said. "That's how I really loved and felt cared for."