Historic Shoals kindergarten set to move locations this week

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - There's a 102 year-old building in Florence which houses Alabama’s first free kindergarten, and by next week, it will have a new street address.

Over the years, hundreds of 4-year-old’s have walked through the front door of the Maud Lindsay Free Kindergarten in east Florence. The iconic structure has stood as a symbol of hope for countless families who needed help preparing their children for school.

“The program has always been there as a tradition for families. Grandparents, great-grandparents went to school there,” explained school director Dianna Hawk.

Now the building is sitting on blocks and steel beams. Crews are preparing to move the school this week to make way for a new hospital being built by RegionalCare.

Surprisingly, this is the second move Hawk has made with the building. It had to be moved to make way for a new highway in the 90’s.

“I'm excited, but yes I admit I'm nervous,” stated Hawk. “It's an old, old building. I would have just liked to have a home, a permanent place and not had to have made another move.”

Hawk is optimistic they can get the move done and be ready for students by mid-September.

The moving crew is coordinating with Florence Utilities to move the building in the next day or so. It all depends on the weather at this point.