Jaron wanted to bring pictures of himself when he was a baby to school and show the kids before and after surgery. He was explaining his cleft lip and surgery when the principle walked in and took this picture. He later called me and asked if it would be ok to make him the "star of the day" on the first day of school and post this on the school's website. I said "of course!"
Jaron Cote shared his "Get to know Me" Bag in Mrs. Gravitt's first grade class. This kid is just the coolest ever. He's not afraid to share about being born with a cleft lip and palate. He showed pics of himself as a baby and explained to his peers about his subsequent surgeries. As a kindergartener last year, he asked his mom if he could take pics to share at school. She has empowered him to talk about it openly in hopes that sharing will help the world be a better place for Jaron and every child. Now, that is cool and definitely qualifies as my first photo to be highlighted under Dr. Rayburn's Lens this year.