Hazel is a 2nd grader and Sarah is a 3rd grader. Sarah came up with the idea of selling bracelets to help pandas, and together the girls built the project from there. They found out about Pandas International online when they decided that they could be most effective by supporting an existing group that met the girls’ standards and had the same goals. In the rain, tugging a wagon, holding their money bag, flyers, and bracelets for sale they went around their neighborhood. They were able to raise $50 and help the Giant Pandas. Thank you Hazel and Sarah for your effort in helping us to save this magnificent species. See their fundraising video HERE
My name is Vanessa and Pandas are my favorite animal. I love how cute they are and that they are mainly vegetarians who eat bamboo. When I heard that Pandas were endangered I began planning a bake sale. My sisters both helped a little and we ended up raising $200. Thank you Vanessa for your dedication and support for the Giant Pandas.
In September last year, as part of our Asian vacation, our family visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and we instantly fell in love with the pandas. When we returned home, we decided we wanted to contribute to the well-being of our new, favorite animal. Before our trip from home, we had started collecting all of our reading books (that we already read) with the intention of having a sale. Once we saw the pandas, we decided we would donate the proceeds of our sale to Pennies 4 Pandas. We are American but currently live in Saudi Arabia, on a compound on the eastern shore. In October, we advertised our charity sale to the residents of our camp and got a great turnout. Of the books that we did not sell at the sale, our mom continued to advertise on the community Facebook page. All but about 10 books ultimately got sold from over 400 books! We raised $467.23 for the Giant Pandas! -Luca and Larysa
Here at QSI Atryau International School we have the Common Core Curriculum. One of our Kindergarten units is doing a How to Project. The class decided they wanted to do How To Make Lemonade. They wanted to have a lemonade sale and give the money to Pandas International. They have learned to be International Children. They care about the world. They speak up about recycling. We found a recipe for fresh squeezed lemonade, that is healthy. They wrote the recipe and made a how to book. They then practiced two times to make and taste the lemonade themselves. On lemonade week Monday - Thursday they made lemonade for thirty minutes and refrigerated it. They made lemonade signs and wrote invitations to each class to come buy lemonade. This was part of Literacy Week, we sold the lemonade along with a Book Swap and cupcake sale organized by the parent group here at QSI. The class sold 130 cups of lemonade at 1.00 tenge a piece. They learned so much through the experience and gave the money to a wonderful cause. Thank you QSI Atryau International School for your help to save the Giant Pandas.
"I honestly do not know when I first got into pandas, but it was probably before I entered first grade. I like that they are cute, yet fierce animals. I saw my first live panda in Hong Kong when I was 6 and I have seen a panda at the San Diego Zoo. I've read all the books about Pandas" - Grace Grace used her passion for Pandas and collected change in her Panda coin bank over several years. She was able to raise almost $60 to help the Giant Pandas. Thank you!
Our 8 year old daughter, Sarah, is an avid panda fan. The current number of pandas in her bed exceeds 30. One day she decided she wanted to do a fund-raiser to support her furry friends…but she didn’t know how to raise money for them. Through her research (i.e., dad’s research), Sarah came to learn more about Pandas International (PI). She adored the photos of the animals she loves so much and felt that PI would be the best way to help her friends. In early September 2017, she started planning for a bake sale. She met with the general manager of a local grocery store (Giant Food) to ask permission to hold the sale outside his busy store. Her mother, Kim, and grandmother, Sally, baked for several weeks to amass a sizable cache of homemade tasty treats which included chocolate chip cookies, muffins (pumpkin, blueberry and banana), triple chocolate brownies and Amish friendship bread. Some of these items were bundled into gift baskets. Her father, Chris, made good use of the print material and logos (on the PI website) to create posters, product stickers and bookmarks. He also printed copies of a PI newsletter for those donors who might be interested. Her brother, William, worked hard to set up for the event. The big day came (September 30th) and we saw a fair amount of traffic. Sarah enjoyed sharing the love she has for pandas with those who came by the bake sale. In the end, she raised $220! Needless to say, we were quite proud of her the hard work she put into this effort. Thank you Sarah for your amazing dedication in helping to save the Giant Pandas!
Sophie has been working and saving her own money to adopt a panda through Pandas International since she was in second grade—now she’s in 5th. She has played her violin in Birmingham (Alabama), Tuscaloosa, New Orleans, and Ireland to earn donations, also along the way donating hundreds of dollars to the Ireland Seal Rescue and to several rain forest trusts. When she set such a high goal for Pandas International, I have to admit I had no idea whether she could do it. Well, yes she can! We’re so proud of her 🙂 Sophie raised $1,000 and has adopted Bing Bing. Thank you Sophie for your amazing dedication and generosity! You are making a difference in helping us to save the Giant Panda.
Emma is 6 years old and to say she is obsessed with Pandas is an understatement. Whenever she goes to the library, she checks out any book that has a Panda in it, and has ton of panda plushes at home. Her dream is to see a panda in real life. Because of her love for Pandas, she made necklaces, pictures and key chains which she sold in order to raise donations to help save the Pandas. She was able to donate $100 to Pandas International. Thank you Emma for loving Pandas and for helping to save them at such a young age!
Ben age 11, Parker age 11, and Rachel age 12 all live in Glenelg, MD. They have always had a huge love for Pandas. Last year for Halloween, Parker and Ben (who have been the best of friends since Kindergarten) dressed up as Pandas. When their orchestra instructor found out they had Panda costumes, she invited them to wear them for the winter concert. Ben and Parker acted on stage like Pandas, eating bamboo and doing a little skit as the orchestra performed a piece called Pandas. It was so much fun!! A few months later, Ben’s sister Rachel, Ben and Parker all decided to go raise money for the Pandas. They collected a little over $53 dollars each (a total of $160) and donated it to Pandas International. Thank you Ben, Parker and Rachel for helping the Pandas.
By Shea Morris For over 12 years the Village School kindergarten has been “traveling" to China as part of our Global Studies curriculum. Our traveling doesn’t actually involve leaving Pacific Palisades, yet it does involve exploring various aspects of the Chinese culture and a study of the Giant Panda. The students love learning about the panda. There is an instant attraction. The kindergartners learn panda facts, do panda art projects read panda books, as well as participate in a community service project related to our travels. Pandas International became the focus of our community service project as they were a USA non-profit directly supporting the efforts to protect and help Pandas. To raise money for Pandas International, the kindergarten students and kindergarten teachers decided to have a bake sale with the profits going to Pandas International. The parents baked sweet treats and the kindergarten students sold them with the first sale raising just over $500 allowing the Village School students to adopt Tong Tong. The next year the students did the same thing and a tradition was started that still continues today. The Panda Bake Sale is held each February and all treats are now sold for $1.00. The whole school is committed to the success as they remember learning about Tong Tong when they were a kindergarten student. Most students now buy a couple treats and say, “Keep the change.” We have been raising over $1000 the past few years because of the entire community embracing Tong Tong. Much love for Tong Tong does come from fact that many students remember my participation in Hug My Baby. Hug My Baby provided the school community with a stronger connection to Tong Tong. I was able to meet Tong Tong. I fed him and observed him in his environment for quite a long time as well as gained so much from interacting with other adopters and our tour guides who shared much about the culture with us. This year the first graders are already telling the kindergarten students about the Panda Bake Sale and upper school students have stopped by asking [...]