MEAD, Wash. -- Parents in the Mead School District lined up Monday night outside of Prairie View Elementary to get their kids a spot in 2014's kindergarten class. Some even planned to spend the night.
The newer school only has 80 spots for kindergarten. Parents wanted to avoid busing their kids to a school further away. Some parents turned up in RVs, brought a tent and camping chairs, and came in extra layers to prepare for the cold night.
Any family with children already attending the elementary school will get a spot for their child entering kindergarten. That means in a number of years, more than half of the 80 spots are already gone. Parents who attended didn't mind waiting though.
"My husband will be here a little after work," said Sarah Dexter, parent of a Mead School District student. "He'll go home, have some dinner, get the kids to bed, and then we'll change shifts, and then I'll come back super early in the morning so he can go back and get a few hours of sleep before he has to go to work."
If a family does not get a spot, there is still room for them within the Mead School District. They just might have to use a bus.
The district had asked parents not to line up until 5:30 p.m., but some arrived early Monday afternoon. About 30 parents were in line by 4:30 p.m.
Registration will open for 2014's kindergarten class Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Some parents will have waited for more than 16 hours.