Parents Grateful For Handy Head Start Future

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - Hundreds of families thought they would drop off their children at the W.C. Handy Head Start in Florence for the last time this Friday morning.

However, those parents got a nice surprise, when they showed up at school.

The program will continue operating for at least two more weeks.

“We are ecstatic, we`re thankful, we`re grateful, we had faith,” said parent Brittany Vinson.  “We`re just overwhelmed right now, overwhelmed and thankful.”

“I just told him, school`s closing, and he`s like, 'What?',” said Brittany Simpson, a mother of a four-year-old.  “Now when I get him today, I get to tell him he can come back Monday.”

In order to keep the doors open, the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama will oversee the Handy Head Start program.

It’s a final effort by Florence City Schools to use funds by national philanthropists.

“Even though we`re not under Florence City, we`re still Falcons,” said Vinson.

These funds will keep the program open until the end of October.

Other grants may be available through community action, to keep the doors open longer.

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