Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with great character.
In Porterville, Butterfield Charter School offers an alternative education program that creates flexible school hours and schedules.
Which is great for students who have other serious obligations, like Senior Angelica Chapa.
Angelica’s Mother had two strokes last year and she is now her primary caretaker — managing all her mom’s medical needs while taking care of the household.
“It makes me feel better that I can take care of her and make her life easier,” said Angelica Chapa, a Senior at Butterfield Charter School.
Leaving the typical high school experience at a comprehensive high school was an easy decision for Angelica to make.
“Because then I could take care of my mom. Keep an eye on her. Make sure she has her blood sugar checked. Her shots. Her medicine,” Angelica adds. “When she has to go to the bathroom and she can’t do it herself. If she falls, I can catch her.”
Staying home with her mom is a sacrifice that the school counselor at Butterfield Charter School says not everyone would make.
“It helps me know that we don’t always know our students and their baggage that they deal with — everything extra that is outside of school,” Maricela Garcia said, School Counselor at Butterfield Charter School. “It just makes me really proud of her.”
A kid of character, who not only helps her mom physically, but also emotionally.
“It’s hard because I know she likes doing stuff and now that she can’t — it’s hard,” Angelica said while wiping away tears.
Always thinking of others, Angelica defines what it means to be selfless.
“Don’t think about yourself as much, think about how others feel, take into consideration what they feel,” Angelica said. “Think about what they have been through. Think about what you should say to them to help them.”
Angelica Chapa of Butterfield Charter School shows us why Your Character Matters.