Panda Protectors

Sofia Helps the Pandas on Her 6th Birthday

Sofia turned six in November. She has been obsessed with pandas since around the age of 3. Her enthusiasm for these adorable creatures has influenced our entire family – her little brother frequently plays “pandas” with her.  As a way to help her learn the importance of giving back on days when we get so much, we decided to participate in the Pennies 4 Pandas fundraiser. She asked all of her friends as well as some neighbors and family members to bring spare change to her panda-themed birthday party. Together – and thanks in part to a generous donation from Grandma – they raised over $75 for PI. Thank you Sofia for helping the giant pandas.

Rafa Helps the Pandas

This is Rafa! His love of pandas started with a mix of stroll through a store where he spotted his now beloved “Panda the Bamboo” stuffed animal and the adorable rolly polly pandas in one of his favorite video games. Now he just cannot get enough – he’s all about every book and fact about pandas that he can get his hands on. When learning about the struggles of giant pandas and the need for habitat protections – he wanted to do something and that’s when we discovered the Pennies 4 Pandas program. He eagerly collected money from friends and family. Next goal? Get to Atlanta in a couple of weeks to see real live pandas in person before they head home to China! Thank you Rafa for helping the pandas!

Hadleigh’s Panda Story

Hadleigh is 8 years old and currently lives in Minnesota. She has a fierce love for pandas. She currently has at least 5 different panda stuffies (stuffed animals) all with their own name. Pandy, Japan, Pan Pan, and Chubby Chub just to name a few. She has panda books, panda bedsheets, panda shirts, panda dresses, panda socks, a panda purse, and panda earrings. This year she decided at her birthday party she wanted to raise money instead of getting gifts. She wants to help save them. Her mom looked online for an organization that works directly for pandas. We found Pandas International. Of course, we immediately ordered the Pennies for Pandas kit to have at her 8 th Birthday party. It was a success! All of her friends brought money to give to the pandas. In total she raised $222. It was a cold day in February in Minnesota! So the girls enjoyed their time indoors at Skateville roller skating to celebrate her birthday. The only thing missing was a panda cake. Recently one of her dreams came true. She got to see a live panda at the Washington D.C. Zoo. Her dad took her and her sister on a whirlwind trip to see a panda. It was a surprise where they were going, and she definitely loved every minute of it. Thank you Hadleigh for helping the giant pandas!

Emma Helps the Pandas with a Lemonade Stand

My name is Emma, and I am seven years old. I want to help endangered animals survive in the wild. So I made bracelets and my mom helped me make lemonade, and we put a stand out on our driveway. And with the help of my sister and our friends, my stand was a success. In two stands, I successfully raised 159 dollars. Of course, they are all for you. Now goodbye, and good luck helping the pandas! Thank you Emma for your help saving the giant pandas!

St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School Adopts a Panda

Near the beginning of school our 1st grade class was reading about pandas. In the book it mentioned Pennies 4 Pandas so the kids decided they’d like to collect money to help save pandas! We started collecting in our class and raised over $150. Then we decided to take our Pennies 4 Pandas collection school-wide as our Service Learning Project. We posted signs around the school and went to every class to tell them about the pandas. During our fundraising, we were studying non-fiction All About Books, so we wrote a class book, All About Giant Pandas and sent it to Pandas International. Parents could donate $15 to Pennies 4 Pandas and get a color copy of the book. EVERY family involved in our class made a donation. With the help of our class, our parents, and our school community, we raised over $1100!!! That $1100 is enough for St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School to adopt a panda for a year. Thank you St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School for your amazing efforts to help save the giant panda. Your book was absolutely amazing!    

Waterville Valley Academy Raises $900

The student of Waterville Valley Academy, located in Waterville Valley NH, are happy to donate the proceeds of their 2023 Art Show to the Panda International. Each year the art students of WVA select an endangered species to support. With the help of Art Teacher Sarah Heidenis, the students create works of art of and then sell them to the community. This year’s art show, “The Protect the Pandas Art Show”, was held on Thursday March 30th and the student were able to raise $900 for the Pandas! Waterville Valley Academy is a Snowsports academy for students in 6th to 12th grade located in New Hampshire.

Ashleigh Helps the Pandas

My name is Ashleigh. Pandas are my favorite animals! My Aunt got me a symbolic adoption for my eighth birthday. The day before my ninth birthday I thought “Wow, has it been a year already? My adoption ends tomorrow!” So Mom and I went on to the Pandas International website and found out about the Pennies for Pandas program. That’s when I decided that my life goal was possible. I used two different fundraising methods. 1. I set up a jar in my gym (Rock Solid Gymnastics) and got many donations. 2. I asked friends, family members, and neighbors for donations. I ended up raising $136.00! At the end of my fundraising efforts I decided to do this every year! I love pandas and want to keep helping! Thank you Ashleigh for helping the giant pandas!

Endangered Species Club Helps the Giant Pandas

This is Cresskill’s Endangered Species Club and we are honored to have the opportunity to fundraise with Pandas International by selling bracelets. We were able to raise $278 with our customized bracelets. This is the Endangered Species Club’s first fundraiser and our dedicated members sold many bracelets and we are proud to be able to raise this much money to help have a positive impact for Pandas. The club had its struggle when our school got flooded and this fundraiser was a comeback that was needed. Thank you Pandas International!

Popcorn for Pandas

The Village School Kindergarten explores China each year and learns about the Giant Panda. Along with learning about the pandas, they hold a fundraiser to help adopt Tong Tong. Over the years they would hold an annual Panda Bake Sale but this year they held a Popcorn for Pandas fundraiser instead. For 18 years, Kindergarten has been adopting Tong Tong, also known as Village, through Pandas International. Each year we have raised the money for the adoption through our community project. The money raised for our adoption will pay for bamboo and additional food like panda bread as well as veterinarian support and medicine. The popcorn was sold to the Village School community for $2.00 each. For the 19th year, The Village Kindergarten was able to raise over $1,000 to readopt Tong Tong for another year!