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Parents Camp For Kindergarten Registration At Lincoln Crossing Elementary School In California (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/13/2012 1:11 pm

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Would you camp out in front of a school to secure your child a spot in next year's kindergarten class?

Dozens of parents did just that when they lined the lawn of California's Lincoln Crossing Elementary with tents and chairs hoping to register their child for the coming school year, CBS Sacramento reports.

The adults began setting up camp as early as Saturday afternoon, even though registration would not open until 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, according to KXTV News.

About 50 students were turned away from the Sacramento-area school last year, prompting some parents to spend days in line hoping to snag one of 105 openings for the 2012/1013 school year.

Children who have siblings enrolled in the school will receive priority registration, and the remaining spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Ultimately, principal Kevin Kurtz told the paper he estimated about 180 parents will be vying for about 50 remaining spots.

Parents and caregivers have all sorts of reasons for waiting in line.

Some say Lincoln Crossing is a good school, while others confess it would be the most convenient option because it's close to their homes, KTXL-TV reports.

But California parents aren't the only ones pitching tents for their tots.

Some moms and dads in Washington packed their bags and spent the night at several schools in Mukilteo, Wash., to enroll their children in kindergarten, KING 5 reports.

Registration for the coveted spots also operates on a first-come, first-serve basis -- a system that has been well-received by parents over the years.

For more on the story, watch the full video report by KXTV News below.

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Filed by Ileana Llorens  |