MARATHON, FLA. - The lights flickered off during the lunchtime rush and the principal had to use a cellphone light to make sure everyone got their food, but school is back in session at a Florida school that was a Red Cross shelter after Hurricane Irma.
Wednesday was the second of three staggered school opening dates in Monroe County since Irma ravaged the Florida Keys Sept. 10.
Principal Wendy McPherson tells the Miami Herald it felt "pretty darn good" to return to Marathon Middle and High School.
For many students, being back in school is the only access they have to air conditioning. The free breakfast and lunch may be the only hot meals they're getting. During first period, students filled out surveys on their needs — clothing, hygiene products and school supplies.