Panda Protectors

California Girls help to Save the Pandas!

Two best friends, 3rd graders Piper (8 years old)  and Riley (9 years old) participated in their school's annual Kindness Awareness Day to raise money for Pandas International and were able to donate $118 after just one day! After reading Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and learning the unreal news that at the time of the book's publication there were only about 1000 living Giant Pandas, Piper knew she had to help support the panda population.  Riley, a life-long panda lover jumped in to help save the day! Riley and Piper worked hard making signs, posters, clay pandas, and pandas made from pipe cleaners to sell on the big day.  Piper and Riley are super excited to donate money to Pandas International and become panda protectors, a very important job indeed. Thank you Piper and Riley for your dedication and help for the Giant Pandas.

Nora and Penny Help the Pandas

Six-year-olds Nora and Penny held a lemonade stand in their neighborhood to raise money for Pandas International and were able to donate $50 after just one day! Nora became interested in Giant Pandas after reading Magic Tree House: A Perfect Time for Pandas and realizing that the earthquake in 2008 was real, as is the ongoing need for money and resources to support the panda population. Nora and Penny planned their lemonade stand during recess within the first couple weeks of first grade. They made signs, made lemonade, and enthusiastically got attention of passersby. Nora and Penny are excited to donate money to Pandas International because "pandas are endangered and we need to help them... and they're SO cute!" Thank you Nora and Penny for your dedication and support!

Julia Hosts a Lemonade Stand

My name is Julia and I'm 10 years old. I made a lemonade stand to help save the Pandas. I live in California and in May the weather is hot. I love pandas and I really wanted to make a lemonade stand to help save the pandas so I started planning what to do. Once everything was planned out, I chose a spot to do it and me and my family set it up. I was waiting for a customer and I always said to my brother “get ready we have a customer!” as a car went by. But then a car stopped and a man stepped out and he got 1 lemonade. As the time passed by we got a few more customers and I got more money. Once I was done I counted up the money. We made $24 from the lemonade stand and my mom donated $26 to go with the $24. So we have $50 to donate to the pandas. Thank you Julia for helping the Pandas.

Aaron Raises Donations For the 3rd Year in a Row

Aaron picked Giant Pandas for a first grade research project then asked for donations instead of gifts at his last three birthday parties. We surprised him for his 10th birthday with a Star Wars themed party at the local movie theater.  Thanks to the ongoing generosity of friends and family, he collected another $350 this year, raising over $1750 since June 2016 for Pandas International. Thank you Aaron for your continued dedication to helping the Giant Pandas.

Taylor-Austyn & Third-Grade Friends Save the Pandas

Taylor-Austyn read a book about how the Pandas were becoming an endangered species this past winter, we later found out that they are now considered Vulnerable, and she decided she needed to help! She asked her Mommy to find a way to help "Save the Pandas" and that's when she discovered she could collect pennies 4 Pandas! She helped print off labels and helped create jars to set around in family members work places,  she then asked her mommy to reach out to our Facebook friends and that's when her amazing teacher, Ms. Haley Owens, caught wind of the idea! She asked if Taylor-Austyn would want to involve her class and ask for their assistance! Taylor-Austyn was thrilled to involve her friends and have a Panda Party Celebration towards the end of the school year this month! Her school, Canaan Community Academy, even set a donation jar at the front office and we were and still are so proud to be surrounded by individuals who make it their goal to support the dreams of a little girl wanting to save this beautiful species! Taylor-Austyn's personal goal was to raise $50 and her classroom goal was $100, they both exceeded their goal and raised $160.61!

Cecily Helps the Pandas

Pandas have been my daughter Cecily's favorite animal since her first birthday when she was gifted a panda stuffed animal. My son was starting a project to help koalas, and she wanted to join in to help pandas! So, we brainstormed a bunch of ideas, and finally decided that she could sew some panda stuffed animals and sell them to raise money. She has worked her little heart out on this project, and managed to raise $200 for pandas! And she's still going! Thank you Cecily for your creativeness and dedication to help the Giant Pandas.

Ally Celebrates her Bat Mitzvah

For Ally's Bat Mitzvah project she decided to both educate and raise funds for the Giant Panda Bears and donate to Pandas International.  She used PI's website to read about these Pandas and the complicated reasons they are vulnerable to becoming extinct.  Ally created a "fact sheet" with the information she learned and used this in various settings to help raise awareness in others.  In addition to setting up a GoFundMe account, Ally did a few "Table Sales" where she sold wristbands and panda cookies, had a small Panda Birthday Party where they made lucky bamboo pots and watched the documentary "Pandas", and provided leadership in her Junior High Student Counsel at The Cove School where they did a "Pennies for Pandas" project. The kids at Cove School loved to learn about and help the Pandas, and it was a great experience for all involved, especially Ally.  In total Ally raised $981 for Panda's International! Ally will have the chance to go to China this winter and pick out a panda for a symbolic adoption. We are amazed at how kind, generous and dedicated Ally is! Thank you Ally for your amazing support.

Tessa Adopts Hua Mei

For my 9th birthday, I had a panda party. Instead of getting presents from my friends and family, I asked if they could give me money to adopt a giant panda. My friends and family gave me money for a charity called Pandas International. My mom and I put out a box so that when my friends came they could put in as much money as they wanted without anyone knowing how much they put in. I raised $175!!!  I used my $100 to adopt Hua Mei my giant panda. I used my extra $75 donate to Pandas International so that they can do what they need with it to support other pandas. My birthday party had a panda theme. We played pass the panda (it's just like hot potato but with a panda toy), panda trivia and pin the nose on the panda. We had the Panda Cam set up on our t.v. so my friends and I could watch pandas playing. We had a dance party, panda piñata, panda photo both, and since it was a slumber party we had panda sleep masks!!!!!! On my actual birthday, I got my nails painted like pandas. Thank you Tessa for your amazing support!

Rachel Helps the Pandas

Dear Pandas International, I’m writing to you because my daughter Rachel had a panda party and raised money to help save the Giant Panda. Her love for this animal started when she was four. In her preschool classroom, the teacher sent home a stuffed Giant Panda each weekend with a student. While the Giant Panda was visiting, the student had to document their adventures and share with the class on Monday. When the Giant Panda visited with us Rachel enjoyed taking it to the zoo, to the park, out to eat at Panera Bread, and playing with it at home.Since her first preschool visit with the class panda, Rachel has become very interested in the Giant Panda. We started reading non-fiction books about the animal and then her collection of stuffed pandas began. Rachel also has collected bed sheets, clothes, and jewelry with the Giant Panda on it. Rachel is now in first-grade and her love for this animal continues to grow. For her first-grade mammal project, she decided to research the Giant Panda. Rachel learned a lot through her research and presented her project with ease. She shared facts, showed her 3D model of the Giant Panda in its habitat and answered her classmate’s questions. Rachel’s teachers were impressed with her knowledge and her ability to share her information in front of the class. Through her research, Rachel learned the Giant Panda is endangered and asked me if we could help. I told her absolutely, so for her 7th birthday in lieu of gifts we asked friends and family to honor Rachel by donating money to help save the Giant Panda.We found Pandas International through a google search. The work you are doing with the Panda Reserves in China is inspiring. Rachel and I read about the earthquakes destroying bamboo forests and the Wolong Nature Reserve through her research. We also read about Qinxin the Giant Panda who was released into the wild to help increase the panda population. The programs you support are doing great things and we want to help! Rachel made a donation box and was […]

Molly Helps the Pandas

Hi my name is Molly.  I am a 2nd grader and I am required to do a research project each year for a program called Texas Research Institute for Young Scholars.  I chose to do a research project on pandas this year.  Not only did I learn a lot but I was also able to educate my friends and teachers about pandas.  As part of my project, I collected change for Pennies 4 Pandas.   I also had my 8th birthday party that was panda themed, and I asked my friends to donate to the cause.  I was able to raise a total of $200.71 for pandas thanks to the generosity of my friends and family.  I hope that I promoted a passion for plight of pandas. Thank you Molly for your amazing dedication, for educating others and for truly helping the Pandas.