A group of Miami police officers gave a 7-year-old boy a morning to remember after “adopting” him for the day so he could go to his school’s yearly “Take Your Dad to School” breakfast.
The Alpha Charter of Excellence School has a special breakfast for fathers and their children every year, but Oscar Portillo usually doesn’t participate.
His father was deported from the U.S. three years ago.
A year later, on Oscar’s birthday, his father was killed in Honduras.
His mother, Lisa Portillo, wanted Oscar to have a chance to experience the breakfast and decided to made a call to the Miami Police Department.
“Lisa asked if an officer could accompany Oscar this year so he could be part of it,” the department said on its Facebook page.
Instead of one officer, Oscar got four, who accompanied him to the school breakfast.
At the end of the breakfast, all the fathers in attendance were given a pledge to sign.
The four officers all readily put their names to paper, promising to support Oscar, help him be successful at school and “encourage (him) to do his best every day.”
It was a day that Oscar and his mother will never forget.
“That was the best day in his life,” Lisa Portillo said in a Facebook post. “He is still on cloud nine.
“Thank you so much.”
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