Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with awesome character.
Fifth Graders Ace Castro and Aidan Perez are a well known duo at Castle Rock Elementary School in Woodlake.
The best friends met in Church and have taken their friendship to the classroom where they like to share their positive attitudes with others.
Their Fourth Grade teacher, Monica Figueroa, remembers her time in the classroom with them fondly.
“They are both natural Leaders,” Ms. Figueroa said. “They have a desire for learning and if anyone meets Ace or Aidan they will fall in love with these boys.”
The two friends aren’t shy about standing up in the classroom and sharing their opinions and ideas.
“I’m not scared to go up to the class, and I admit when I am wrong and when I am right,” Aidan Perez said, a 5th grade student at Castle Rock Elementary. “I like being modest and humble.”
Aidan said he gets his strength and confidence from home.
“I think it comes from my parents. They raised me with respect and taught me to treat others how you would like to be treated,” Aidan adds.
And for Ace, he said that his strength comes from his Grandmother.
“My Grandmother is always talking about doing good and telling people what you think and standing up for what’s right,” Ace Castro said, a 5th grade student at Castle Rock Elementary.
You can find Aidan and Ace helping their fellow classmates with assignments and not taking their teachers for granted.
Their former teacher, Ms. Figueroa adds:
“They stayed after school one day and asked me a question. They said, ‘Ms. Figueroa, what do you want to be when you grow up?’ And so it made me think. Wow, I can still dream and do more things. They gave me the courage to follow other interests, so I call them my little heroes.”
Double the caring, double the character.
Ace Castro and Aidan Perez of Castle Rock Elementary School show us why Your Character Matters.