Picture day lets the world know that school is officially in session. But amid a pandemic, it can also show signs of the times.
Mask up in school is a number rule for the Peoples' family. So when first-grader Mason was asked to take his masks down for a school picture, he took it so seriously, he refused.
In a FB post, the mother recounts the moment.
Photographer: Ok, take your mask off.
Mason: My mom said to keep it on all the time unless I'm eating and far away from everybody.
Photographer: I'm sure it's ok to take it off for your pictures.
Mason: No, my mom seriously told me to make sure to keep it on.
Photographer: Are you sure you don't want to take it off for 2 seconds?
Mason: No Thank you, I always listen to my mom!
Photographer: Ok, say cheese!
I'm so proud of him for sticking to his word but I should have been more clear about my rules on this day
Since her post, Nicole Peoples has received thousands of likes and comments. Some Facebook users even began donating to Mason's College Scholarship fund.
"Mason and I are overjoyed and in awe of the outpouring of love that we have received over his picture day school picture," Nicole wrote on Facebook. "He has read so many of your comments with the biggest smile on his face! He is so happy to see so many people proud of him and saying he did such a good job! (He is so proud!) All of you have made my little one’s day!! He is such a good kind-hearted, caring, loving, smart, and helpful little boy. Thank you for showing him that his honesty and integrity will make a big difference in this world."