Typically, sleeping at school will get you in trouble.
But the University Park Preschool Association has turned it into an annual tradition.
UP All Night, a campus family campout, returned for the ninth time April 23-24, drawing 342 participants to campus and raising more than $100,000.
“Every year, UP Elementary relies on the PTA to donate over $500,000, and the funds raised at UP All Night go towards that,” said co-chair Taylor Crosby. “These funds go to support special programs like the Spanish program, learning garden, and chess club, cafeteria operations, and staff salaries, instructional aides’ salaries, classroom startup costs for new teachers, classroom technology, playground equipment, and building and grounds enhancements.”
Other co-chairs included Jenny Manheimer, Shelby Comeaux, Holly Losey, Melinda Smith, Whitney Zapffe, Erin Roe, Liz Hunter, and Erin Branson.
The urban campout kicked off with a carnival in Curtis Park featuring face painting, a petting zoo, inflatables, a science truck, and many other activities, followed by dinner in the school cafeteria, a dance party on the basketball court, and a short movie before bed.
Dads or other family representatives spent the night in tents on the school grounds with their children.
This year’s campers consumed 423 burgers, 660 doughnuts, and 15 gallons of coffee.