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Canyon State Academy talk on November 10th
Date: 11/11/2009
Dear Sheriff Babeu,
On behalf of Canyon State Academy I would like to express my gratitude for you speaking to the entire CSA student-body during our Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 10, 2009. I greatly appreciate your time. You’re an extremely busy man who took the time out for the students and staff at our Academy.
Your story of patriotism and service to your country is honorable. Your story was exactly what our great nation was founded on, which is service to a cause greater than self. You spoke directly to our students about the opportunities that each one has in our great country rather it be education, serving in the armed forces or simply for the pursuit of happiness with their personal freedom.
Your experiences as a Major in the Army National Guard and tour in Iraq along with your leadership as the Commander of Task Force Yuma in securing the Arizona / Mexico border and the fact that you were awarded two life saving medals as a Chandler Patrol Officer are commendable. Until I read your biography I was blown away in learning that you served as the Head Master and Executive Director of a Private Residential and Therapeutic Boarding School for gifted and emotionally troubled teenagers.  You know first hand how difficult a task but more importantly how incredibly gratifying our services to disadvantaged youth can be.  I strongly encourage you to be a Canyon State Academy supporter for the years to come. We will keep you updated with quarterly newsletters. Our students participate in over 500 hours of community service per month. In fact our Equestrian Program is scheduled to participate in the San Tan / Johnson Ranch parade.
You gave a great speech, Sheriff Babeu, one that will be remembered by all students and staff for years to come.   
Thank you for being a part of the CSA Veteran’s Day Assembly.

Mark Yockus            
School Principal