A Beautiful Day for a Hike with Colorado Cyberschool Families

Saturday, September 10 was the inaugural:

Colorado Cyberschool Hike Day.

It was a beautiful 80 degree day with a wonderful turnout of cyber school students getting-together for a day of fun and a day of honoring a little boy, Jaryd Atadero who went missing in the Colorado Mountains in 1999.

Hikes were offered in 4 different locations around Colorado.  Our family attended Fountain Valley Trail in Roxborough State Park, Littleton where 17 vehicles filled with cyber school families entered the park and joined the hike.  Thank you to Insight School of Colorado for providing each family with a bag containing a water bottle and a granola bar and for covering the entrance fees for families.

The hike kicked off with a welcome from me, president of the Colorado Coalition of Cyberschool Families, Judith Stokes, president of the Colorado Cyberschool Assicuation, and Allyn Atadero, father of Jaryd.  Allyn reminded everyone that the second week in September is dedicated to Recreational Safety Awareness Week and he encouraged everyone to purchase a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card (CORSAR) card, which provides much needed funds for the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund.  CORSAR Cards cost $3 per year or $12 for 5 years and can be purchased online here.

Before our hike started, Charlie, an 11-year old Colorado Connections Academy student briefed the group on safety, which was very informative and useful, especially the part about what to do if you encounter a rattle snake. Knowing what to do in case of such an encounter helped to put my mind at ease.  Then we broke up into small groups and headed down the trail.

The Roxborough State Park location had representation from 4 Colorado Cyberschools: Colorado Virtual Academy, Branson School Online, Insight School of Colorado, and Connections Academy.  I’ll share more about attendance at our other locations as soon as that information becomes available.

A special thanks to Allyn Atadero, teacher at Insight School of Colorado and to the entire team at Insight School of Colorado for all of their efforts in helping to make this event such a great success.









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  1. This looks like a whole lot of fun! What a beautiful place to hike.

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