Parents used Office Depot fliers to fan themselves, and the presence of Heat mascot Burnie who posed for pictures and prompted giggles with his antics helped to somewhat soothe parents frustration.
The giveaway is great, said parent Urshala Spence, The kids love Burnie.
Students also got to view the Heats championship trophy, which was on display
Orange Brook was one of many Broward elementary schools where elective classes were cut last year because of budget reasons in this schools case, it was music classes that were eliminated.
Those electives have been restored district-wide this year, which was great news for second grader Gakharra Booker, who loved her past music classes.
We were dancing and stuff, Gakharra, 7, said. We had a lot of fun.
Parents and students werent the only ones brimming with excitement Broward School Board member Ann Murray woke up at 2:30 a.m. because of the anticipation.
Your adrenaline gets flowing, said Murray, who visited Orange Brook and planned to stop by four other schools on Monday.
Murray said Orange Brook with a large number of poor students was worthy of a special NBA-style first day.
Its an A school, and it has been for several years, Murray said.
South Florida students will see some new programs this year. Among them, a new military-style academy in Hollywood and Miami-Dades first video-game-themed magnet at Miami Springs Senior.
At MAST Academy, a marine-themed magnet high school that expanded seats this year, administrators checked over new portables as the school adds an eighth-grade class this year. As the early morning bicyclists crossed over the Rickenbacker Causeway, a stream of traffic passed as parents dropped off their children. Some of the school bus routes wont be running for a couple of weeks while administrators plot out the needs for children who come from all over the county, some of whom will take a combo bus and Metrorail.
At Devon Aire K-8 Center in southwest Miami-Dade, Sunja Leon collected the schedules in the main office for her two sons 8-year-old Noah and 6-year-old Khalil. The boys waited in the car with their dad and enjoyed the last few minutes of summer. Waking up this morning was crazy. No one wanted to wake up this early, she said, holding a white bag stuffed with books and binders. Noah and Khalil start third and first grades, respectively, and will be in school together for the first time.
Four-year-old Bianca held her moms hand as they arrived at Devon Aire.
Dressed in her burgundy school uniform and sporting pig tails with pink hair ties, Bianca smiled when asked about her summer activities.
I saw Mickey this summer, she reported.
Her mother and father, Jason and Edenia Friedman, prepared months in advance for back-to-school for Bianca and her brother Nicholas.
We bought the uniforms before the summer started, and the supplies about a month ago, Edenia Friedman said.
At Dr. Michael Krop Senior High in Northwest Miami-Dade, Principal Dawn Baglos greeted students at the school door and checked for dress-code compliance: shorts to the knee, no thin-strapped tank tops, no hats, no questionable sayings on T-shirts. Students took heed of the principals warning at orientation: in class by 7:20. At 7:15, waves of teens were in the halls ready to start their day at the 2,700-student school.