MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat held a back-to-school lawsuit astatine Ruth K. Broad K-8, a Surfside schoolhouse connected Thursday greeting to the delight of 900 students.
There were highlighters, notebooks, backpacks, and of course, Miami Heat mascot Burnie.
“They’re doing antiaircraft slides, and doing the ladder, immoderate activity. And we’re handing retired schoolhouse supplies too,” said Miami Heat player, Omer Yurtseven.
The lawsuit with the Heat, Florida Blue, and Papa Johns was astir much than conscionable getting immoderate schoolhouse supplies and exercise. It was a infinitesimal of levity for the kids, including immoderate who are inactive processing and dealing with the calamity successful Surfside.
“Of course, we had students straight affected by the gathering collapse,” said Scott Saperstein, the main astatine Ruth K. Broad. “Some mislaid their lives and others were displaced. So, a batch of challenges for a batch of families.”
Ruth K. Broad successful Bay Harbour Islands is little than 10 minutes distant from wherever the Champlain Towers South erstwhile stood.
Saperstein said 4 students astatine his schoolhouse died successful the collapse. The youngest pupil was astir to commencement Pre-K, helium shared with CBS4 newsman Brooke Shafer.
Seventh grader Sophia Lambreu said she knew Lucia Guerra. The 10-year-old was 1 of the archetypal kids identified successful the condo collapse. Guerra died on with her sister and parents.
“And astatine this point, we conscionable person to similar commune that they made it to eden and anticipation that they’re good,” said Lambreau.
Students astatine the schoolhouse person received assistance since the tragedy.
Saperstein said Miami-Dade County Public School’s Crisis Team came successful on with the intelligence wellness department. He added determination were radical and idiosyncratic counseling sessions for students who needed it.
“I person 2 children of my ain and I can’t ideate the grief that they’re feeling,” Saperstein said. “And we conscionable person to rally astir them arsenic overmuch arsenic we tin and supply them a batch of love.”
“Today is astir lasting united, and letting our kids cognize that they are safe, they are comforted, that they are loved. And thing similar Bernie to acceptable the temper for that,” said MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.