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Kid receives warm welcome on first day back to school after visiting family in Bahamas during Hurricane Dorian

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A 3-year-old boy received the warmest of welcomes from his classmates when returned to school Monday morning after weathering Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas, according to a report by Good Morning America.

His mother recorded the experience in a video that has since gone viral with 11,000 views.

Makai Simmons returned to school Monday morning at the Learning City Academy in Pembroke Pines, in South Florida and was swarming by hugs and greetings from his classmates.

His mother, Tekara Capron, recorded a video of the heartwarming moment.

Capron, 22, and Simmons went to visit family in the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend, GMA reported.

They stayed longer than they planned as Cat. 5 Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on Sept. 1.

The two weathered the storm in Capron’s grandparent’s Freeport home, GMA reported.

Dorian brought devastation to the area and did not spare Capron’s grandparent’s home.

“House got flooded. Like much of my island, we lost everything,” Capron said on Instagram. “But I don’t care, they are material things. We have life, which cannot be replaced.”

Capron said her son was brave for the storm but does not like to hear the name “Dorian,” anymore.

Capron and Simmons were able to return to Florida Friday after waiting 13 hours to board a cruise ship, GMA reported.

When Simmons arrived at school Monday morning he was emotionally overwhelmed by the love his classmates demonstrated – holding his hands to his face, unable to look at his classmates.

“My heart,” Capron said. “Today was my son’s first day back to school in the USA after experiencing Hurricane Dorian in Freeport. The love he received from his friends as soon as he walked into class was so touching.”

Read the full report on Good Morning America.

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