Jaxon Carter, a six-year-old Michigan native, lost his mother, Taryn Marie Gainey, when he was just five years old. His mother died tragically in an apartment fire in Harrison Township, Michigan. Even though he was young, the incident had a big impact on him, especially since it happened just a few weeks before he started kindergarten.
When Jaxon’s teacher at New Dawn Academy asked him to give a speech at their kindergarten graduation, he viewed it as an opportunity to pay respect to his beautiful mother in a lively manner. His approximately 4-minute monologue in memory of his late mother captivated the audience and left many in tears. He mentioned how, despite the tragedy, he found the strength to make his mom proud.
“When I started kindergarten at New Dawn Academy in August 2022, I was a little 5-year-old who had lost my beautiful mother a month before,” Jaxon said, according to ABC7 News. “I learned to play with other kids, read books, answer or ask questions like how or why, use correct grammar, and use my school tablet.”
“My kindergarten year helped me grow braver, smarter, kind-hearted, and more grateful,” he added. He concluded by thanking his teacher, father, and grandparents. As much as he missed his mother, he believes the vacuum has been filled with the good grades he is making, the awards he has picked, and his kindergarten experience.
With the assistance of his grandma, Linda Howard-Carter, Jaxon worked effortlessly on the speech. His hard study paid off, as his faultless words moved several of the graduation attendees to tears. Jaxon’s look reflects the close relationship he has with his mother.
Fortunately, he is not alone, as all of his grandparents are still living to guide him through life’s path. He stated that they have been his most important support system, which is clear in the testimonials presented regarding the six-year-old youngster. Conrad R. Koch, principal of New Dawn Academy, was floored by Jaxon’s statement.
“He came to school with a good attitude, ready to learn. Whether it was the spelling bee, learning how to read, learning how to write his name, whatever the challenge was, Jaxon was able to meet it,” Koch said.