It is certainly one thing to pitch a tent in a park lawn to protest the one percent, or to line up outside of Best Buy in the middle of the night hoping to score that mega big screen television for a fraction of the price. But, a group of parents are camping out in the name of education.
In a report by WYFF, they’ve pitched tents outside A.J. Whittenburg Elementary School in an effort to get their children into one of Greenville County’s magnet elementary programs.
They can’t risk the first-come, first-served enrollment opportunity, so even though the process won’t begin until Thursday, they are already camping out…some since Saturday.
They say there’s nothing they won’t do to secure their children’s education and future, vowing to stay through the week despite heavy rain forecasts and dropping temperatures.
“It hasn’t been that bad, but listening to Dale (Gilbert) and all the rain that’s coming and flooding that’s probably going to be taking place, that is not going to be fun,” said Nigel Robertson, who’s second in line.
The reason he’s fighting so hard to get his youngest son in the school is simple, ”It’s a great school.”
The school is an engineering magnet school, and a clear focus is put on math and the sciences. Let’s just hope Robertson’s son lives up to the effort his poor father is fighting for.