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Arlington ISD parents finally make it to Transfer Day

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A week ago, parents pitched tents and set up campers in hopes of bettering their child's education.

Saturday, they warmed up and started the paperwork for their students' transfers to make a difference in their child's education.

Dozens of parents wrapped in blankets and frozen like popsicles went inside Arlington School District Headquarters.

"I kind of feel crazy because I've been standing outside since 5 in the morning. I think it's worth it. It's a better school. Better school for my child. So, no I don't' think I'm crazy," said Robyn Rosenbower.

About 50 people had been camped out since Monday, the most the district has seen.

They lived in tents, took time off from work, and spent the week away from their families, all to put their kids in better schools or simply putting them closer to work or home.

It's a first-come, first-serve system.

"I wish there was a better way of going about doing it but apparently it's been going this way for over 20 years. I guess if it works, why change it?," said parent Sarah Antwine.

Finally, after waiting inside, and a few more moments filling out a form, the moment arrived.

The district has more schools opened to transfers.

For example, there are more secondary campuses available to take in transfers on a limited basis.

That helped account for the rise in transfer interest.

Also, these dedicated parents won't have to wait in line every year. They just need to keep up with the transfer payments.

That might help keep down the number of campers sticking it out in the cold.

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