First Grader Who Wore Mask In School Portrait Receives $30,000 In Scholarship Donations – Video


A first grader who went viral for wearing a mask for his school portrait, claiming that it’s what his mom wanted him to do, has now raised over $30,000 toward his college fund. Mason’s mother, Nicole Peoples, described the incident that made her son famous on her social media page, writing that she’s happy her son is listening to her, but should’ve been more clear.

“I’m so proud of him for sticking to his word but I should have been more clear about my rules on this day,” she captioned over a picture of her masked son Mason.

Peoples subsequently set up a GoFundMe page after people reached out asking if they could reward her son with toys and treats. In turn, she asked people who want to help to donate financially to her son’s college fund, which h-it the $30,000 mark late this week. In further describing the hilarious incident via social media, Nicole said the exchange started with the photographer telling Mason to remove his mask for the photo.

In response, he told the photographer, “My mom said to keep it on all the time unless I’m eating and far off from everybody.” Nicole said the photographer tried to reassure her son, telling him, “I’m sure it’s ok to take it off for your pictures.” But Mason refused: “No, my mom seriously told me to make sure to keep it on.” When asked one more time if he’d remove the mask for just a few seconds, Mason stood his ground, saying, “No thank you, I always listen to my mom!”

This is how people reacted to this post:

Monica Estep Nicole Peoples ,I just saw Mason’s photo on TV just now. The show is the the Talk. Wow National exposure. Love it

Alis MeeceNicole Peoples I am so happy Mason has made national news. He is just so sweet and I am so happy the world gets to share in his sweetness and how great of a job you both are doing as parents.

Moises At least next year he will be like I’ll take my mask off this time and least he is not in middle school or high school then it will be seen forever.

MelanieYou should be proud! It has to be hard to stand up to an adult but he had the confidence to stand up for what he thought was right. Good job mama!

Florida Good for him, no sign holding for ur mom no knees on the pavement, no screaming for dad, good job for you kiddo being an obedient respectful loving child for ur Mom we in the healthcare field extend our gratitude

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