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Parents wait all night for OLV enrollment (Video)

By Dianna Wray
March 7, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Updated March 7, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.

Mary Ann Riley shows off the air mattress that her family, including Amy Segler, right, will use as they wait all night to register Segler's son, Drayton, in pre-kindergarten at Our Lady of Victory School in the morning. The family had been waiting since 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. At midnight, parents will be moved from the office to the gym to "camp-out" in order to snag one of the few spots left at the school.

They began arriving a 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Parents and relatives of prospective Our Lady of Victory School students began lining up early Wednesday afternoon for the chance to get their student enrolled for the 2012-13 school year.

Elizabeth Chandler rushed to the school office to put her name on the list and start waiting when she heard a line was already forming, getting there about 1:15 p.m. Chandler is hoping to get her son Miles Chandler, 3, enrolled in level three Pre-K next year.

"I think that education is the most important thing you can give your child, and that's what I'm trying to to - to start him off with a good solid foundation," Chandler said, glancing over at the brown-haired brown-eyed boy. A friend waited for Chandler to hold her place in line before she got there, and Chandler's mother, Sara Guajardo, will wait in line through the night to get Miles enrolled when registration for non-parishioners starts at 8:30 a.m.

There were only a limited number of spots for new students, and the students are admitted on a "first-come, first-served" basis.

The cafeteria opened at midnight to give the people in line a place to go.

Amy Segler, her mother Mary Ann Riley and her sister Bonnie Riley took turns waiting to try and get a spot for her son, Drayton Segler, in next year's pre-kindergarten. Bonnie Riley even brought a sleeping bag and a tent to set up when the cafeteria opened.

"I just feel like you get out of kids what you put into them. Why wouldn't you put in as much time for a good education as you would for Black Friday?" Mary Ann Segler asked.

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