SUMITON –Sumiton Middle School had a baby boom five years ago. During the spring semester, six school employees welcomed seven newborn children within a few months of each other. This past week, …
SUMITON –Sumiton Middle School had a baby boom five years ago.
During the spring semester, six school employees welcomed seven newborn children within a few months of each other. This past week, six of those children — Case Wilson, Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Hall, Annleigh Cate Lockhart, Courtlyn Stephenson, and Mary Patton Willingham — all entered kindergarten at Sumiton Elementary School. The other child, Chandli Kyzer, enrolled at Cordova Elementary where her mother now teaches.
The majority of the maternity leaves weren’t an issue five years ago because most of the babies were born near the end of school that year, according to Paige Abner, Sumiton’s principal at the time.
The running joke at the time was, “There must be something in the water at Sumiton School.” Five years ago, Case’s mom Amanda Wilson taught third-grade. Ashleigh Lockhart, who is Annleigh Cate’s mom, was a counselor for students in Grades 5-8. Second-grade teacher Catherine Willingham is Mary Patton’s mom and fifth-grade teacher Amy Hall gave birth to the twins, Stephen and Mary Elizabeth.
Assistant Principal Chris Stephenson’s wife Candice gave birth to Courtlyn. Courtney Kyzer, who taught second-grade five years ago, has since moved to Cordova and her daughter Chandli enrolled there.
Often when children begin kindergarten, they are apprehensive because they don’t know any of their new classmates. This group didn’t have that problem.
“All the kids get together each year to do a photo op,” said Ashleigh Lockhart. “All the girls take dance together,” she said. The children also attend each other’s birthday parties. “They are really close,” Lockhart said.
“The moms of the Sumiton Baby Boom all taught together,” Sumiton Elementary School Principal Kristy Wheeler Plyer said. “Those babies entertained the halls of SMS before they were even born, and forged a friendship between the mothers of each unborn child.” The babies have anticipated the moment they would all begin kindergarten together at SES. I am excited to have this fun little crew and their moms walking the halls of Sumiton Elementary this year,” Plyer said.