Every week in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with awesome character.
You can see that 4th grader Scarlett Quiroz of Pleasant Elementary School in Tulare is like most American kids. She likes drawing, watching TV, and eating pizza.
But what you can’t see, is that Scarlett is a student on the autism spectrum.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Scarlett’s Mother, Bianca Quiroz, shares her story of raising a child with autism.
“Some people will ask me, ‘What if she was normal? How would you feel?’ And I will ask them, ‘Are you normal? Can you explain to me what normal is?’ My baby is unique and I would not take that over anything.”
Scarlett’s Mom likes to educate others on the beauty of her daughter’s condition.
“She is the most sweetest person anyone will ever meet,” Bianca adds. “She will hug the burrito lady. She is loving. She is kind. She is amazing.”
Autism never factors into Scarlett’s ability to reach her goals and always do the right thing.
“You don’t put limits on people. You don’t put limits on kids,” says Pleasant Elementary School Resource Specialist, Marvin Brock, who works with Scarlett.
“She’s gone from a beginner first grade reader to a third grade reader in two years time and it’s due to her hard work and her motivation and when you are motivated the sky is the limit for you.”
Scarlett is known on campus for her caring nature and responsibility.
“She always comes to school with a smile on her face and a great attitude and that goes a long way,” Mr. Brock says. “She makes a difference in our kids and our teachers in just being around her; in how she wants to be better at school and wants to be a better person.”
Climbing with character, Scarlett confronts every obstacle with courage and lot of heart.
“To always be kind,” Scarlett adds.
Scarlett Quiroz of Pleasant Elementary School shows us why Your Character Matters.