Is Sumter a good place to raise kids?

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Rudy

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Oct 12, 2012
 
I find it funny that Sumter is such a crime ridden, backwards, racist community. Well, to tell you the truth, Sumter is what YOU make it. I moved here as a military brat over 30 years ago and have choose to make my home here. I have 2 children who attend public schools and both are honor students. My son is about to graduate from the AP program at Sumter High and has been offered a full scholarship to 4 different universities. My daughter is in 8th grade at Alice Drive and is on a similar track. My sister also stayed here to raise her family and her 2 daughters both received full scholarships out of Sumter High. Most of our friends kids are moving on to different colleges and many with scholarships. None of our kids fell in with the wrong crowd and never were victims of crime. We go to Church and our kids are active in the youth groups as well. Like I said earlier......Sumter is what YOU make it. If you don't instill a sense of values in your kids and don't give them any boundaries or guideance, they will certainly fall in with the wrong crowd NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE. Get involved with your kids. Get involved with their friends and the families of thier friends. Show them what is right and help them make the right choices.

Sumter isn't the problem. Parents who don't spend time with thier kids are the problem.
Rudy

Sumter, SC

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#110
Oct 12, 2012
 
I also find it funny that the transplants are the ones who find Sumter racist. Sorry, but the locals have no problems with it. We all know how to get along with each other. It all starts with how you treat people. Treat somebody with respect, and they will return that respect. Maybe where you come from is actually racist and because we don't act the same way you do, you think we are.

Sorry, take a hard look in the mirror.
Rudy

Sumter, SC

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#111
Oct 12, 2012
 
I wish I could edit for spelling.:-) But I don't see an "edit" option.
elizabeth

North Charleston, SC

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#112
Jan 14, 2013
 
I was born and raised in sumter and lived in one of the "worst" areas there.(I was zoned for Lemira and Chestnut Oaks. The two worst schools). The worst thing that ever happened to me was that my bike was stolen. In 18 years of living there, my bike being stolen when i was 7 wasn't a big deal. It's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It's very diverse due to the military aspect. Just put your kids in Honors, IB, AP classes, and they will be just fine. Make sure to teach them to be open minded and skeptical, because a lot of southern mindset and religious ideas in sumter keep it pretty unworldly and ignorant. Best of luck! I turned out alright. Going to a university, 3.2gpa, and I was there my whole life until college.
elizabeth

North Charleston, SC

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#113
Jan 14, 2013
 
also, i agree with rudy. as long as you are a good parent, you'll be fine. also i went to lemira-willow drive-sumter high.
John

Byrdstown, TN

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#114
Jun 12, 2013
 
Sumter is NOT a good Place to live, Go to Middle Tennessee for cheap land,taxes,insurance utilities and less storms.Low Crime Rate.Good universitys.
South Carolina Sucks.Tennessee Rocks
Fulton

Naples, FL

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#115
Jul 21, 2013
 
I arrived in Sumter in the mid-seventies, moved away for ten years, and decided to return in order to educate our children. We are a family focused on education. Both of our children did very well at Wilson Hall, had college paid for by scholarships, and are engineers today - chemical and electrical. Sumter can be a very good place to live and raise your children if you are an involved parent. Though there is not a lot for young people, school activities can dominate the family time in a healthy way. As a military dependent, I've lived all over the world and Sumter has some of the nicest, most dedicated and sincere people I've ever met. I am shocked to read this forum and sad to learn of such experiences in our town.
Ally

Manning, SC

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#116
Nov 25, 2013
 
Sumter is really not all that bad. It's like any other place. Sumter is basically a retirement city. It all depends on where you live and who you associate your self with and the type of company you keep. The school district is a good one. The same schools I attended as a child here my kids are now attending. Like any other city there is going to be some crime but for some of you people to make Sumter out to be a death trap that's just wrong. Now Sumter doesn't have a lot of things to do here for entertainment so most people drive to Columbia or Florence. And job wise hmmmmm not to many so you would end up driving to Columbia or Florence for that also. The best areas to move to IMO would be the dalZell area. But it all depends on your price rang
Moving

Connersville, IN

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Nov 26, 2013
 
Thank you for updating on this. I really was starting to worry that moving back after being gone so long was a mistake. As far as things to do I'm coming from a town that doesn't even have a movie theater so I'm sure y'all have plenty for my son.
Fulton

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#118
Dec 7, 2013
 
Moving, I lived in Bloomington, IN, for twelve years. Many of the great memories I had from there were able to be duplicated here in Sumter for my own children, Come to Sumter with an open mind. It can be a wonderful place to raise your children.
Rhuffman

San Antonio, TX

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#119
Dec 20, 2013
 
mary wrote:
You need to be the judge. I am also a transplant via US air Force. I have lived here for over 20 years, raising my children, and we are all still alive and well. I have wonderful friends and a great job. There is crime in certain areas and certain inner city schools are probably not the best. If I am not mistaken...I think you will find that in EVERY CITY in America. I chose to educate my children through private school here in Sumter and sadly found I had wasted alot of money on their education and paid dearly for their environment. Your childs education depends on the student+parent+teacher+school. How involved are you with your childrens education?? Sumter is probably not winning a prize for being the best place on the east coast to live but I can think of worse. Gang activity is everywhere in the US today. It is not as bad as all of you make it sound. If I read this forum I would never think of moving my family here.
Would you be willing to share what private school your kids attending? We are moving to the area soon and very seriously considering private school.
buckzoo

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#120
Mar 4, 2014
 
northern redneck wrote:
Now I am even more scared to move than ever. My husband has his heart set on moving and that is the plan. My oldest daughter wants to go to usc and I have a baby and an 8 yr old who i really worry will be affected the most. I just don't know. Does any one have anything good to say?? I don't want to make the biggest mistake of my life.
My husband and I moved to Sumter, our first experience of massachusetts yankees in the south. We survived for two years. I worked at the local hospital, where I was referred to as a fire ant by my coworkers. This was based on a front page article in The State newspaper qoting some redneck the said yankees were worse than fire ants. They kindly left it on my desk for reading. The only bright side was Thomas Sumter Acedemy were my children attended primary school.

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