Makena is on a mission; to help save the pandas! Her mission ignited at a very young age. When she was only 2 years old, she received a very special panda stuffed animal from her Aunt Mariah; a gift brought all the way from China! Over the years, Makena's love for pandas grew stronger. In kindergarten, her class pet was a panda stuffy that went home with a classmate each week. "Mr. Panda" had many adventures, and went on his first airplane ride to California while in Makena's care. This year (2018), for her 7th birthday (in February), she chose to share her love for pandas and threw a Pennies 4 Pandas Party. In lieu of all gifts, she wanted to raise money for the pandas! We made panda crafts, played panda themed games, and with the support of Pandas International were able to educate her friends about the importance of saving the pandas. Makena's party was a great success. She raised $260! She was so proud of her efforts, and her parents couldn't have been more proud of their little panda lover. Makena's mission continues! In June, she wrote and presented a paper of what she would like to be when she grows up. Her answer? A Panda Protector! In August, one of her dreams came true. On a very special surprise trip to the San Diego Zoo, Makena got to be a VIP, and came face to face with Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu; the resident pandas that inhabit the zoo. Her ultimate dream is to travel to China to see the giant pandas. Today, her collection of all things panda continues to grow, and she is still saving money in her piggie bank for helping the pandas. Makena's innate passion for these beautiful creatures is truly something to behold, and will be with her for years to come.
My name is Tyler. I am 9 years old and I live in Charlotte, NC. I am absolutely obsessed with all Pandas. When I discovered Giant Pandas were endangered I knew I had to do something. So, I thought what would be better than a lemonade stand on a hot summer day. I made posters and flyers that my friends and I hung up around the neighborhood. Then we set up the lemonade stand and made the lemonade. For the first couple of minutes we didn’t have any customers. Then it happened, our first customer! I was so excited I jumped straight to my feet! We poured him a glass and he came back for more! Everyone who came to get lemonade wanted more and more. At the end of the day we collected $80. Now I hope that is enough to help save the giant Pandas!
Dear Pandas International, So the way I got interested in pandas was that I read the Magic Treehouse book, “A Perfect Time for Pandas”. I liked it and read the fact tracker. It told readers to be Junior Conservationists. In the back, there was a list of websites and one was Pandas International. I was determined to help pandas. I saved $50 and gave it to Pennies 4 Pandas. I read dozens of panda books. I went to the Vienna Zoo this past summer. At the zoo, if the glass wasn't there, then I could have touched the panda! Ever since then, pandas have been my absolute favorite animal. Yours very truly, Grace Age 9 Bountiful, UT
Olivia has been very passionate about helping the giant panda for some time. She decided last summer, when she was 9 years old, that she wanted to run a lemonade stand and donate all the money earned to help pandas. She researched possible charities and found Pandas International to be a great organization for her donations. Olivia’s lemonade stand was fabulous! It was a blistering hot day when Olivia set up her stand. She sold lemonade and pretzel rods to many people in the neighborhood. She insisted on staying out almost all day until early evening so she could sell as much as possible. Some people came to the stand twice and were so impressed with her dedication (and her lemonade!). Olivia raised $155.46 that day. She was thrilled with her success and inspired to do something else to raise money for pandas. Olivia created a binder with ideas for a fundraiser at school. She organized her ideas and thought out her fundraising possibilities. She wanted to meet with her Principal, Mr. Birdsong, so that she could pitch her ideas. Olivia was very persistent in asking me to set up this meeting! When Olivia met with Mr. Birdsong she presented several options for fundraisers that could be held at school. Mr. Birdsong and Olivia decided on a “Panda Protector” contest where students could paint, draw, make a model of, or create some kind of panda. The entries would be “voted” on by the entire school in the form of money. Students could vote as many times as they wanted and could use change or dollars. The winning entry would receive a Target gift card and the student who won would also earn their class a donut party. Olivia got up in front of the entire school at an assembly to launch the contest. She spoke about Pandas and told the students about the “Panda Protector” contest. She made posters and signs and hung them up around school so everyone would remember and get excited about the contest. The students at St. Teresa really stepped up to help! There were a [...]
During school this year, Brendan learned about China and found out that the giant panda is endangered. He became very concerned about this and wanted to do something to help. He researched how best to help pandas and different organizations to support and decided to hold a "Save the Pandas" charity event to support Pandas International since the money all goes to the pandas. He started by planning out the event, setting a date and sending invitations (I helped with this part). He decided to hold a craft and bake sale and invited some friends (Maia and Alexa) and his sister (Juliana) to help. They all worked together to decided what to make for the event. They ended up selling handmade bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks, and slime as well as chocolate chip cookies, blueberry muffins, rice Krispy treats, lemonade and coffee. There were also a few people who donated gift baskets that we sold raffle tickets for and raffled off. Brendan worked for weeks researching pandas to write facts about them on the bookmarks and spent hours making bracelets and necklaces. The event was for 2 hours and they worked hard to sell their goods. After the event, people who had heard about it but couldn't attend even sent them money in the mail! Finally after all donations were given, the kids total was $660.51! Brendan, Maia, Alexa, and Juliana are so excited to support the pandas and hope to one day visit the center in China. Thank you Brendan, Maia, Alexa and Juliana for your amazing support!
My 3rd Grade class participated in a panda fundraising project called "Saving Pandas One Cupcake at a Time". We had families in our classroom donate 550 unfrosted cupcakes. We then transformed our classroom into a bakery. My students frosted and decorated the cupcakes to look like pandas and we sold them all during our lunchtime. Each of my students was also given a panda shaped bank and they were encouraged to participate in giving their pennies to the pandas! Between Pennies for Pandas and our panda cupcake sale , we generated $1,051.00! We were able to donate these funds to Pandas International and we happily adopted a panda cub. My students were so proud in their efforts and they were able to see what hard work and determination could accomplish. My students felt they were able to do their part in helping to preserve the pandas for future generations to enjoy. This is my fifth year in doing this project with my students and I am looking forward to doing this again next year! -Tamara Wong
Aaron picked Giant Pandas for a first grade research project. We read books and watched videos. Our family fell in love with these wonderful animals and visited their exhibits at the San Diego and National Zoos. Aaron decided to ask for donations instead of gifts at his 7th, then 8th AND now 9th birthday parties! The themes change over the years with his interests, but he always finds a way to include the pandas - as a Jedi, a basketball MVP, or a wizard! Thanks to generosity of friends and family, he collected $517 this year, raising over $1400 since June 2016 for Pandas International.
Lu has a great love for animals. When he learned at school about Pandas International, he wanted to help. As an aspiring journalist, he decided to write newspapers that included humorous stories, reports on both local and world events, interviews, and illustrated comics to distribute to his friends and family in return for donations to his Pandas International fund. He had a great time creating the papers and was happy that he could personally do something to help save pandas. His newspapers were wildly popular and he raised $70. Lu is pictured in his “journalist” suit. Thank you Lu for your wonderful creativity and for helping the Pandas.
Cora decided to have a panda themed 7th birthday because she loves pandas so much. She asked her friends and family to bring pennies for pandas to her party. The children counted and weighed the pennies. Later, a friend in her 20s who also loves pandas heard about it, and sent even more pennies. All in all, Cora collected $113 dollars worth of pennies for pandas. Her sister Elsa (4) really helped too. Both girls are excited to be Panda Protectors!
Laura loves the pandas. She is in grade 5. For her birthday she held a dinner, auction and raffle at which she provided an evening of entertainment in honor of the pandas. She raised $228! She featured an artist of the month and had a vocal student perform. It was quite spectacular event for an 11 year old to organize. She invited friends and neighbors. Thank you Laura for your amazing dedication to the Giant Pandas.