Your Character Matters: Valley Life Charter School’s Drew Gonzales

Central Valley Today

Every week, in partnership with the Tulare County Office of Education, we tell stories about South Valley students with awesome character.

This week we meet 5th grader Drew Gonzales of Valley Life Charter School in Visalia. Drew is all about the popular Keto Diet:

“It made me feel to where I could be healthier when I grow up and it could also help other people’s lives.” 

Helping other people’s lives is Drew’s favorite thing to do — at only 10 years old.

Drew recently made a little money from a bake sale selling Keto cookies, instead of keeping his hard earned money, he donated it to a homeless lady.

“Instead of buying a skin for some game like a lot of our kids are doing he put it in an envelope for the homeless lady,” Superintendent and Principal of Valley Life Charter Schools, Lori Lackey said. “That was a very kind thing to do. He is a really good kid.”

Drew also collects cans and bottles to give to the homeless lady. Always thinking of new and different ways to help. 

“When he came up with that idea on his own it really brought me to tears to know that is who he is thinking of,” Drew’s Dad, David Gonzales said.

Drew also likes to help his dad in his free time. David Gonzales works as a Tech Coordinator at Valley Life Charter School. Drew would come to work to assist his dad, even during summer break. 

“Most students aren’t wanting to do that. Most students when they are off, want to play,” Lori Lackey adds.

Whether it is working on audio equipment during a school choir rehearsal or wrapping up cable, Drew likes to offer up his free time for others.

“I love to do it because I want to be helpful and it is fun and it’s just really fun to do,” Drew said.

“Character means to me that I am respectful and not mean to others, not picking on others, and just being respectful and not disrespectful to elders or anybody.

Drew Gonzales of Valley Life Charter School shows us why Your Character Matters.

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