Enterprise, Al. (WSFA) -- With shovels in hand, 6th grade students at Hillcrest Elementary School helped in starting a new chapter for their school.
Parents and teachers looked on as students, along with members of the Enterprise School System, broke ground at the new site.
School Superintendent Dr. James Reese says the groundbreaking was very important after a long year. "It's just an unbelievable feeling to know that we're about to begin construction," Reese explains.
Hillcrest Elementary Principal Hugh Williams says, "It was important to come and have them [the students] be a part of this."
The groundbreaking means the new Hillcrest Elementary School is one step closer to becoming a reality.
However, for students who wont get to attend classes at the new school being able to turn the dirt meant so much.
"It's like a new year. It makes us happy," said Emily Harrelson.
Harrelson, who is a 6th grader, is currently going to class in a portable.
She knows her next year wont be in the new school, but she says it's ok.
"Even though I won't be here, the kindergartners they'll get to grow up and get a new school and they'll get to enjoy it," said Harrelson.
However, she will get to tour the new school when it's all complete.
Principal Williams has invited all those students back when the doors open.
Construction is set to start in two weeks, and administrators hope to open the school to students in fall 2009.