It’s time once again for the annual campout on the lawn of The Oaks Fellowship as parents vie for student slots for their kids in Life School of Red Oak. 

The campout has become almost as much a tradition for the school as its curriculum itself.

“During the past few years, parents have camped outside on the campus of the school for one to two days in hopes for an opportunity to enroll their children,” said Life School assistant superintendent Joseph Mena. “This year for the first time, there is an official starting time for lining up.”

Mena noted that parents might begin lining up as early as 9 a.m. Monday, March 2. Parents will not be able to wait any earlier due to traffic demands caused by weekend events at the church and the school’s early morning drop-off on Monday morning.

“Upon arrival, there will be information available concerning procedures for lining up,” he said. “The campus will begin receiving and processing enrollment applications at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 4.”

From its inception in 2003, the Life School has seen continued growth.

“During our first year, we enrolled 227 in our school,” said Suzanne Garner, director of public relations for Life School and one of its founders. “In the years following, we had 535 students in 2004-2005; 760 in 2005-2006; 910 in 2006-2007; 1,100 in 2007-2008, and this year we broke all records with 1,270 students.”

She noted that re-enrollment rate for the school is 96 percent, but with more enrollments expected, that number will likely increase.

“I remember the campout last year with 200 people braving the ice and snow for two days just to try get their children enrolled in school,” she said.

Mena lauded the large number of parents who have responded to the Life School program.

“We want to extend our appreciation to all interested parents in the area and look forward to serving them and their children for years to come,” he said.

For more information, contact Garner at 469-552-9200 or e-mail sgarner@ednet10.net.

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