One family that would welcome ChalleNGe Academy

Last week, I wrote how Assemblywoman Susan Eggman has authored a bill (co-authored by Rep. Kristen Olsen and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani) to bring the National Guard’s ChalleNGe Youth Academy to Sharpe Depot in Lathrop. Click here for that story.

With Legislature approval, the “boot camp” style school (sans weapons training) designed for high school dropouts would mirror a San Luis Obispo-based Grizzly Academy and the Los Alamitos-based Sunburst Academy. Obstacles not withstanding, San Joaquin’s campus could open in a year.

After that story ran, reader Jenny Sanchez emailed me say she was preparing to driver her son Mykle Sanchez to San Luis Obispo to start at Grizzly.

Here’s what she said in the email:

“I wanted to thank you for doing a story on the program. My son was attending Stagg High School and is behind in credits and is on the verge of dropping out.  We are hoping that he goes to Grizzly and comes back with a totally different point of view. I tried multiple times to get help from his school and each time I was ignored from the teachers to the vice principals. This was my last option. I felt like I had no help from the school to motivate him or keep him in school. He has never been in legal trouble he just gave up on school and has a poor attitude, which is frustrating because he is a very bright kid with lots of potential. He passed his exit exams on the first attempt and scored advanced.  My hope is that more parents hear about this program though your article and can save their children’s lives from the runaway train my son is on.”

“And it will be great that they are in a closer location since it will be a 4 hour drive tomorrow morning for us to check in,” she added.

I plan to check back in with the Sanchez family to see how the Grizzly Academy works for them.

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