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Dual language program has parents camping for days

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Silver Lake Elementary in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD has 12 spots available in a dual language program which teaches students in English for half of the day and Spanish the other half.

"I grew up learning Spanish from a very young age and I know the value of that and having it throughout your life," says parent Ray Lamas who's been camping out.

To secure their spots in line, some parents are staying in RVs and tents. The district will start accepting applications on Monday at 6am.

Naomi Robison has a first grade son at the school, but Sunday she was standing in for someone else.

"Helping a friend out so her son can get into a program here," says Robison.

"The parents self-organize, create community rules," says Lamas. "Otherwise, frankly, it could be chaos."

But that's not sitting well with some people.

Donna Banks says other parents violated district rules by convening before the 7pm Friday start time, forming their own list to hold places in line.

"My thinking is there should be a better way, an easier way," says Robison.

The district says they are not using the list made by parents to determine who can apply. It says its first come first served when doors open on Monday.

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