Students who are deaf and hard of hearing perform a skit, "The Cheese," based on a children's book by Margie Palatini. These are 7- to 10-year-old graduates of the CID - Central Institute for the Deaf school in St. Louis, Missouri. Most of these children came to CID as babies, proving the value of dedicated parents, early and appropriate intervention, sophisticated hearing technologies including cochlear implants, expert, individualized teaching methods and a team approach to a listening and spoken language education. CID teaches children to listen, talk, read and succeed without the use of sign language. The CID graduates in this cast attend public or private general education schools alongside classmates who can hear.