Students Sell Ice Cream to Support NHCH
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ten students from Hawai’i Preparatory Academy’s (HPA) Lower School Student Council recently visited NHCH to hand deliver a check for $100.  HPA Student Council representatives sold ice cream during recess every Tuesday in an effort to raise money to support local community organizations. 

“The reason we sell ice cream is so we can give money to organizations in our local community that we think are doing a great job but might need some extra money,” says Riley Sohriakoff, HPA fifth grade Student Council representative.  At the end of the year, Student Council representatives collaborate to come up with a list of local organizations that may have a need for support.  “Each council representative discussed the list of organizations with their classroom, and each student was able to vote to determine the top five organizations to support,” says Mariah Dodd, HPA K-8 Guidance Counselor.

“We chose to support North Hawaii Community Hospital because so many of us or our families and friends have been to the Emergency Room, been born there or would go there if we got sick,” said Riley.  “The hospital is an important part of our community, and we want to help make sure it gets better and better.”

The $100 donation from Student Council was graciously matched by the HPA ‘Ohana Association, a fund and friend raising association of HPA parents.   “NHCH is overjoyed by the support of HPA’s Student Council and ‘Ohana Association,” says NHCH CEO Bill Brown.   “It is truly inspiring to see young students work hard to raise money solely to donate these funds to support organizations within our community.  We are humbled and extremely grateful to be the recipient of HPA’s meaningful donation.”

CEO Bill Brown greeted and welcomed the ten Student Council representatives in the hospital’s lobby, where he was presented with an official check by fifth grade Student Council representative Forrest Franklin.  Students were then treated to a behind-the-scenes tour by NHCH’s Emergency Director, Aaron Traynor.  The tour included the hospital’s Emergency Department, CAT scan machine, ambulance entrance and helipad.   

Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, founded in 1949 and located in Kamuela, is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12.

HPA Lower School Student Council Members include:

5th Graders: Riley Sohriakoff and Forrest Franklin
4th Graders: Isaiah Clarry Sohriakoff and Katie Kuyper
3rd Graders: Jona Patig and Sydney Chin
2nd Graders: Eli DeRego and Oscar O'Neill
1st Graders: Tiffany Golden and Sam Puana