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Tent City in Clifton with a Twist for Parents

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Published on Nov 13, 2013

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Dozens of parents huddle by fire pits, volunteers pass out food and hot drinks. Peter Chamberlain was first in line this year, We went on a tour of the school and were very impressed by the quality of education. These parents are camping out for a coveted slot at the Fairview-Clifton German Language School.I was, it was kind of by default. I was the loser in a fierce game of rock, paper, scissors.Well every year I see it and I think why are they doing that, they're crazy and this year my wife said that's the German Language School and you have to camp. I said, oh. This year campers got a welcome gift of cell phone chargers. And these collapsible tents are selling fast. Kelly Mahan's husband came up with the idea after years of going to their kids' soccer games, And we were on a tournament out of town freezing for the whole entire weekend and on the way home he actually sketched one up. From there they made prototypes. Kelly thought the parents camping could use them.I came, they loved it. They promised me a lot of orders. I gave them a nice group discount and then I've been here three days in a row with new deliveries. They're pretty comfortable inside, especially on nights when the wind is blowing.You can put a chair in it and you have plenty of room. Theres no wind. If the sun's out then you have some kind of heat. Parents say the under-the-weather tents have made them more comfortable along with the other people waiting for the chance to get their children an excellent education.The group is the best group of people I could imagine being together and they're all supportive of one another.

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