Rose & Alex Pilibos Students Deliver Toys, The First Annual "Kids Help Kids" Toy Drive for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School is a small, tightknit K-12 Armenian school located in the heart of Hollywood, CA and has been an educational landmark within the Armenian community for the past 43 years! Katrina Magzanyan is a proud 3rd grade student, with a BIG heart.  She approached the Counselor, Ms. Maral Tavitian at the beginning of the school year with hopes that she could find creative opportunities to encourage students to help other children in need.  Her motto is “Kids Helping Kids”.   She presented Ms. Tavitian with a formal proposal including a variety of ways Rose & Alex Pilibos may be able to give back to the community, raise cancer awareness and funds, and provide kids with necessities such as clothes and toys.  “I was beyond impressed, and so touched by her heartfelt willingness to help those she’s never even met!” said Ms. Tavitian. 

Spokesperson for The First Annual "Kids Help Kids" Toy Drive at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School for the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

In her proposal, at the time only 7 years old, Katrina describes her family’s’ personal battle with cancer. She lost her grandmother, Sima Magzanyan to cancer, and unfortunately never had a chance to meet her. Last year, Katrina, her sister Isabella and brother, John were at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for a routine surgery and Katrina and her siblings observed how there were quite a few children at the hospital. Something lit a fire in her and Katrina along with her brother and sister approached her mother, Marina BerBeryan with their ideas on how to bring some happiness and joy back to these children’s lives, even including her classmates and fellow Pilibos students to join along in her efforts.

John Magzanyan, Katrina Magzanyan and Isabella Magzanyan shopping for toys

Katrina’s determination not only created the opportunity to organize  Rose and Alex Pilibos' The First Annual Toy Drive “Kids Help Kids” for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, but also facilitated in the administration’s decision to form an Elementary Student Body Government (i.e. Student Council) so that students like Katrina can actively lead, participate, organize and encourage their peers to get involved in various philanthropic opportunities.

Rose and Alex Pilibos' Toy Box

Rose and Alex Pilibos Students excited to donate toys to pediatric patients at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

Rose and Alex Pilibos students

On Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 1:30 PM, Spokesperson Katrina Magzanyan and a few other members for the student body government along with Counselor Ms. Maral Tavitian and Elementary Academic Director, Souzy Ohanian visited Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to drop off boxes of toys collected from the “Kids Help Kids” Toy Drive for the pediatric patients at the hospital.

Rose and Alex Pilibos students dropping off toys at The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

From left to right: Linda Drexel, Souzy Ohanian, Maral Tavitian, Katrina Magzanyan, Marina BerBeryan

Rose and Alex Pilibos Sudents stand proud in front of the entrance of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

For more information on how you can help to donate toys and clothes for the upcoming Rose and Alex Pilibos “Kids Help Kids” Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles please contact Rose and Alex Pilibos School at (323) 668-2661 or write to 1615 N. Alexandria Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027 Attention: “Kids Help Kids” Toy Drive.



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