Keep the Hill Institute Kindergarten Program Open

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The Hill Institute kindergarten program was the first free private kindergarten in the United States and dates back to 1876. It was established as a “private school to serve the public.” Thousands of children from Florence and the surrounding communities have graduated from the program. The Board of Directors has decided to close the kindergarten program, effective immediately, and cites under-enrollment as the ultimate factor. The kindergarten program at Hill Institute is a very important part of the history and culture of the Florence community. More importantly, the Hill Institute kindergarten is a valuable part of the public education system of Florence and the surrounding communities.

Please sign this petition to voice your concern and let the Hill Institute Board of Directors know that you think the kindergarten program needs to remain open for the sake of the children and families in Florence and Northampton. 

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Thank you!

Kate Bouthilette Cardoso & Tara Tetreault Brewster