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150 Vail Valley students graduate from SOS

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Kelly Billingsley/Special to the Vail DailyWarren Miller-film skier Chris Anthony talks to third and fifth graders at Red Hill Elementary School about SOS Outreach programs and the importance of hard work and perseverance as part of his Youth Initiative Project. Students from Red Hill Elementary will graduate from SOS Outreach's Learn-to-Ride snowboarding program this weekend.

VAIL, Colorado – More than 150 students from eight Eagle County schools will graduate from SOS Outreach programs this weekend. The students completed five weeks of the introductory Learn-to-Ride program, learning new techniques and SOS Outreach’s core values.At the beginning and end of each ride day, students gather with instructors and share examples of how they saw that core value being used that day, or what it meant to them. The instructors said the impact on students was noticeable.”Our students talk about and practice the core values in school and are proud of themselves for learning a tough new sport,” said Jeannine Stout, a fifth grade teacher at Red Hill Elementary School. “They’re so excited when they show up at the bus stop at 6:30 a.m., and it’s awesome to see this enthusiasm as a teacher because they are just so ready to learn and are beginning to believe in themselves.”It was the first snowboarding experience for most students in the program, though they came from several different schools and grade levels. One common thread across the groups was their eagerness to learn, said Justin Behravesh, Eagle County program manager for SOS Outreach.”Seeing the progress of these students not only in their snowboarding lessons but confidence as young adults is amazing. Hearing them discuss the core values at such a mature level is an incredible thing to see,” he said. “I look forward to having all of these students back in our programs in the future.Behravesh said the students will be able to enroll in the organization’s outdoor sports programs over the summer, and could also begin the multi-year University program for winter sports.For more information on SOS Outreach, visit http://www.sosoutreach.org or call 970-926-9292.

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