by Lisa Tome
Kelly Duvall was late for her job at Gore on a recent Thursday morning but it was worth it.
Duvall and her son, fourth grader Andrew, were spending quality time together at Calvert Elementary School.
"It's very worth it to be late. Anytime I get to spend time with my baby is good," said Duvall.
The annual Morning with Mom was held March 13 at the school. Forty dozen donuts from Martin's bakery, 100 cups of coffee and hot tea, and 15 gallons of orange juice, were consumed by mothers and children.
The goal of Morning with Mom is simple, explained Calvert principal Tony Petinga.
"We get parents in the building to spend time with their children and have breakfast," said Petinga.
Hunter Johnson was spending time with his mother, Bea. "I would rather be waiting for the bus. But I get a break from my three-year-old sister, said Hunter, a second grader.
"I don't get to spend enough time with him due to all his 4-H projects. It's hardly ever just the two of us," said Bea Johnson.
Dawn Montgomery agreed. She went to her job at University of Delaware late because she was spending alone time with her son, Zane, a fourth grader.
Lynn Biddle also reported late to her work day at A.I. duPont (Nemours). She was spending time with her second grader, Joey. "Anytime I can come to the school for anything, I love it. I'd like to stay all day. You get a taste for the school and their friends," Lynn Biddle said.
Makayla Giberson, a third grader, is at Calvert following redistricting.
Her mother, Mary, was skeptical about the school change. Now, she said she enjoys being at Calvert and is pleased with the support system at the school.
Erin Kilpatrick was with her kindergarten student, Aiden. "I just want Aiden to know I support him and what he's doing. This is a good thing that the school is doing. It's nice," said Kilpatrick.
Ashley Baeder's day started earlier than normal so she could make it to breakfast with daughters Skylar and Cameryn. "I had to get up earlier. But I do whatever I can at the school to be involved," said Baeder.
Stacie Bower was out with her fourth grader, Lizzy.
"I know it's important to her that I'm here. It's important to come to school and see a little of her day, share some of what she does and meet her teacher," said Bower. "It's nice to see other moms. I'm a pharmacist at Martin's and I usually see other moms in a different way."