Student: Barbara Perez
Year in School: Senior
Plans After High School: Attend Texas Tech University or a university close to home.
GPS Focus: SERVICE
What Makes Her #BulldogSTRONG: Last year, Barbara attended a student lead conference about the importance of community service and ways to effectively take action. When Barbara came back from that conference, she instantly saw a need within the community. Outside of Ollivier Middle School, Barbara and some of her friends recognized that there was a sidewalk completely missing causing a major safety concern for students as they walked home. What discouraged Barbara about this missing sidewalk is that when it rained, the terrain that students would walk on became flooded and muddy causing them to walk on the street creating instant danger for students. As a result this issue, Barbara contacted her local public supervisor asking for funds to install a sidewalk to assist students as they walked home. Supervisor Chris Parlier heard Barbara's concern and he had a sidewalk put in for students to safely walk. Due to her efforts, Barbara and a few of her classmates were recognized at a Pedestrians Count! conference in San Jose in Fall of 2018 as they were given an award consisting of recycled street signs. The sidewalk is not the end of Barbara's community service endeavors. During the holiday season, Barbara volunteered and participated in a donation drive to provide toys, food, and clothing to the Jamison Children's Center of Kern County - an organization that assists the neediest children in the greater Bakersfield area. Furthermore, Barbara spent time at Wind Wolves Preserve, rehabilitating plants to allow for local birds to nest.
What #BulldogSTRONG Means to Barbara: "Being #BulldogSTRONG to me means giving back to the community. My community has done so much for me in my development as a student, so I think it is vital that I do my part. I also think that is important that I set an example in my community service, so that the next generation of students also does their part in the future."
What Teachers Think of Barbara: "Barbara is BulldogSTONG in so many ways. Barbara is one of the most talented artists on campus. But by talking to her, you would never know. She is one of the most humble and caring people I have ever met. Barbara is very giving with her time and continues to help improve her community. She constantly finds ways to make this world a better place and Golden Valley High School is better because she is here. Barbara Perez is the shining example of what it means to be BulldogSTRONG." - Aaron Wherry, Teacher, Golden Valley High School.