MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Who'd be crazy to camp out in this kind of cold weather? The answer: Memphis parents who want to make sure their kids get into a high-performing optional school.
"You got to do what you got to do," said Sreeni Meka.
Meka is an old pro. With a 1st and 5th grader, this is his fifth time camping out.
"Next five nights, four nights, ahhh, I'm going to have fun," he said.
The tents outside the Memphis Board of Education started popping up earlier, around noon on Thursday, and they'll have to camp out longer. Applications for optional transfer aren't being accepted until Tuesday morning, a day later because of Martin Luther King Day.
"I'm in for the long haul," said Trey Lewis. "Just one of those sacrifices as a parent you have to make. There's no way around it."
"I have actually done the Black Friday, so you know, so I guess it kind of warms you up for it," said Lewis.
Parents camping out are trying to get a shot at transferring their children from their current school to an optional program focused on performing arts, science, or college preps.
Christopher Spentz is number 12 in line.
"We were kind of at a steady pace, we had some drive-bys," Spentz said. "At 12:30 she called me and said it's time, it was like a pregnancy again or something."
"I am just glad it wasn't last weekend when we had snow and sleet and rain, I think we are going to have some 45s and 50s, so I am pretty pumped about that, but this is what I will be doing all weekend," he said.