‘Use Any of the Books’: Florida Students at One School-Turned-Hurricane-Shelter Roll Out Welcome Mat for Evacuees
Families fleeing South Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma can find shelter at many schools across northern and central Florida. One school near Tampa is extending a special welcome to evacuees.
At Sessums Elementary School in Riverview, students and teachers left supplies and notes with warm greetings. Sessums is part of Hillsborough County Public Schools, which are closed Thursday and Friday to serve as shelters. The school posted on Twitter that it will be a special-needs shelter.
The cheery notes offset the eeriness of classrooms sitting empty in September, when they are normally filled with back-to-school buzz.
In addition to art supplies and games, some classes left out supplies such as tissues and hand sanitizer.
Assistant Principal Laura Edwards shared the photos to say she is proud of her teachers and students.
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