Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Our son, Michael McCarville, who graduated from Casa Grande Union High School in May of 2012, was one of only 52 students who was admitted to Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs for a master's degree program in development practices with a focus on sustainable development.
Upon graduation he accepted an academic scholarship to Pace University in Manhattan and subsequently transferred to Fordham University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a computer science minor. After graduation from Fordham, he was accepted into Teach for America, where he taught in central Phoenix for two years as a soldier in the battle against educational inequity. He then taught eighth grade English in a Title V school in Brooklyn until he started his graduate program in the fall of 2020.
The point is that Michael received an excellent education from some very dedicated professionals in the Casa Grande school system. These champions (and there are many) rarely get the compensation or even respect that they deserve. Michael wanted to be sure that he showed his appreciation for that effort, which is really the purpose of this letter.
Kirk P. McCarville