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K12 employees participated in the 17th annual Hopecam 5k this month and won the largest team award!

Hopecam is a non-profit charity dedicated to using voice over internet technology to help children with cancer overcome social isolation. K12 has partnered with Hopecam in the past, with CFO James Rhyu donating tablets on behalf of the company.

“Hopecam’s mission resonated with me when I learned about it, as the organization’s mission is to help kids with the use of technology, as does K12’s mission. I ran their 5k that year with a few friends from K12,” Ali Steer, K12 Senior Director of Enrollment & Customer Care and Tech Support Operations, said. “When I got the notification email reminding me to sign up for this year, I wanted to get more of my friends at K12 to join me. I wanted to raise more money than ever for Hopecam while having fun doing so!”

With Ali as the K12 Team Captain and Co-Captain Tori Shifflett, K12 Enrollment Operations Support Specialist, the team consisted of 27 K12 employees, along with their spouses, children, and friends. The team enjoyed being able to come together in support of Hopecam while showcasing K12 to the community.

“We had fun and it was a beautiful day,” Ali said. “It was so exciting to hear ‘K12’ announced in front of hundreds of people at the race. To hear their founder recognize K12 and applaud us for our efforts is what made it special. When my son looked up at me and said ‘K12… That’s you mom!’ I thought, ‘Yes, that’s me!’”

Not only did K12’s team win the largest team award, but they were also able to raise over $1800 for Hopecam.

“Our amazing CFO, James Rhyu, challenged me and matched ~$900 paying for employee registrants if I could pull this off,” Ali said. “He pushes us to be better at K12 and outside of K12. So we got the team together and matched it growing our team and our fundraising online and at the office. It was simply amazing. Our K12 family got it done like we always do!”

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