Apparently, with schools being closed in the summer, that's the time of year when vandalism occurs. So the Anchorage School District started a camper host program so that there would be a presence at the schools, figuring that would discourage the vandals...
Here's the link to the school board's website...
(Edit: And reader Dugg passes along this article about the school board's camp host system...
Some things I don't quite get though. The one month minimum commitment seems a bit of a stretch. No way that we could sit there for a month, even if we had a tow vehicle with us. And if we were the only ones there, and we took off exploring, I'd be worried about our RV getting vandalized, if they have that much of a problem.
And, it looks like they used to have a holding tank pumping service but no longer do. So, if people are there longer term they'll have to be pretty conscious of their water usage considering they're given a free water hookup, but nowhere to dump their tanks!
I would have thought they would be better off simply allowing free overnight parking. You'd think there would be enough RV travelers willing to take advantage of that since I've heard that Alaska area Walmarts get really busy with RV'ers during the summer.
We're pretty inventive when it comes to finding overnight parking spots, but we've never overnighted at a school. Without prior permission of some kind I'd say that's an invitation for a middle of the night knock on the door by someone in a uniform who carries a gun. And yet, parking overnight at a school during the summer makes perfect sense for both parties!
Oh wait...we did actually overnight at a school...when our son went to University in Plattsburgh, NY we had permission from the baseball coach to park near the diamond, but he forgot to tell campus security and we ended up with a cop at our door at 6:00am! That's the one time we've ever been woken up by the cops!
Anyhow, I thought that was an interesting idea and it's nice to see one school board thinking outside the box a little bit.
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