Long Weekend of Camping Ends for Parents Wanting Optional Schools

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(Memphis) After spending several hours camping out in freezing temperatures over the weekend, parents were able to get their hands on applications for optional schools.

The line started forming last Thursday morning outside of the Memphis City School Administration building on Avery in Midtown.

Parents were allowed inside the building at 6:30 this morning to pick up the bar coded applications that will be processed first.

“We just want to get him where we want Him to be,” said parent Swazoo Claybon who had the first spot in line. He wants his youngest son to get a spot at White Station.

“I'm one of those people that always believe where there's a will there's a way and it's not easy for anybody out here.  When you listen to people and some of their stories they had to go through a lot to make things happen it's what we do for our kids,” said Claybon. Claybon and his wife along with friends took shifts throughout the weekend to save their spot in line.

Parent Judy Green opted to not wait in line, instead showing up at 5:00 Tuesday morning to pick up her application.

“They let the first hundred in, I'm feeling really good. I want to go to White Station High for my son. We were assured that there would be a place for us and to get here this morning,” said Green.  

The applications are due back by Friday.

Parents will receive an update on their application in the next 6-8 weeks.