Aryan Ghanadan, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout and senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville, may be the county’s busiest young man.
In addition to maintaining high grades and juggling the college application process, Ghanadan is on the football and wrestling teams and in the jazz and marching bands. He also has a second-degree black belt in Taekwando, his father Majid Ghanadan said.
But perhaps the teen’s most time-consuming and rewarding activity has been with the Boy Scouts of America, where he launched a yearlong, far-reaching school supplies drive that led to the donation on Monday of 10,000 educational tools to students at Verde Elementary in the low-income community of North Richmond.
At about 9:30 a.m., Aryan and his father hauled boxes into the school filled with pencils, crayons, Post-it notes, posterboards, binder paper, Kleenex — anything useful for a classroom.
Grateful teachers and students handed Ghanadan decorative thank you notes. The kids had fun tearing into the boxes.
“Part of what being a Boy Scout is giving back to the community, doing service for others,” Aryan told the students. “I really like your philosophy of getting to college, working hard and being nice.”
Aryan declined to take all credit for the large donation.
“A lot of people helped me out. It wasn’t just me,” he said. “Lots of volunteers from my troop and my school collected these supplies in my neighborhood, at my work and at Monte Vista High School.”
Aryan coordinated an army of volunteers that went door knocking at about 600 homes. They encouraged residents to head out to Office Depot and other stores to purchase items for Verde students. Bins were also strategically placed for collections.
“These supplies are to help you get to college, help you succeed,” Aryan said. “Education is really important to me.”
Perhaps the happiest person at Verde Elementary on Monday was Aryan’s father.
“I’m very proud of him; he’s very honest, very….everything he starts he has to finish it,” Majid said.
Aryan hopes to attend a University of California school next year and pursue a degree in business management and economics.