May 3rd, 2017

At the age of 14, Arianna Kouakou of Pennridge Central Middle School set out to reach her academic goals while giving back to the community. To apply for acceptance into the National Junior Honor Society, she was required to complete five volunteer hours of service. Instead of viewing those five hours as a required assignment, Arianna took it upon herself, with the support of her parents, to turn it into a fun and determined mission. Over the course of one month, Arianna organized a toy drive through friends, family and neighbors to collect toys for the children staying in the Pediatric unit at Grand View Health.

On May 2, 2017, Arianna, along with her mother, Talisha, and father, Kouassi, delivered the impressive and generous toy donations to members of the Grand View Health team. Thanks to Arianna’s efforts and her family’s support, children will get to experience a bright spot in their day as they heal from illnesses and injuries. We wish Arianna academic success and a continued passion for helping others, just as we aim to do here at Grand View.

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