Watch: Children rejoice after power finally restored to their San Juan school

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September leaving millions without power and clean water. As a result, children have been attending school in the dark for four months. A video shared throughout the internet shows children rejoicing as light and air conditioning were restored to their school.
A classroom at the Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo with restored power Photo Credit: Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo's Facebook page

School children at the Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo in San Juan were beside themselves when electricity to their classrooms was restored last week. Puerto Rico completely lost power during Hurricane Maria, which hit the Caribbean island in September and has left students learning in the dark and without air conditioning for at least 112 days. Along with the school children, the hurricane left the island’s 3.4 million residents without access to clean water and working power grids.

A video posted to the Academia Bautista de Puerto Nuevo’s Facebook page and shared throughout the internet shows the school children’s spontaneous joyous outbursts as the power finally returned to their dark classrooms. Teachers at the school went into the hallways in order to record the cheerful and emotional event.

“We are grateful to all the parents, students and staff who have stayed with us and continued to support us in the situation,” the school wrote on Facebook. Meanwhile, local authorities stated that funds will be depleted by the end of January for the local water company, sewage and electricity that collapsed under pressure since the hurricane.

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