Panda Express has donated nearly $2,000 to the fourth grade class at Maui’s Wailuku Elementary School. The class won the money in Panda’s Back-to-School Fundraising Challenge, which enabled nonprofit organizations in Hawaii to raise funds for their group through hosted events at Panda Express locations between September 2013 and January 2014.
Wailuku Elementary’s fourth grade class raised $780; Panda contributed an additional $1,000 for a total donation of $1,780. The donation will allow the class to attend a performance of ‘Ulalena, a musical which depicts Maui’s rich cultural history through Hawaiian music and dance.
“Supporting local organizations is a core part of Panda’s culture,” said John Zhang, Panda’s regional director of Operations for Hawaii. “We’re proud to be America’s favorite Chinese restaurant, and recognize the responsibilities that accompany that title, such as providing support for programs that enrich the communities where our guests live and work.”
The money was presented during a Feb. 26 red carpet event that was held at the Panda Express in Kahului. Wailuku Elementary Vice principle Tracy Lui and teacher Debra Ho accepted the prize along with students in the winning fourth grade class.
“On behalf of the fourth grade team, we truly appreciate Panda’s commitment to our community,” said Ms Ho. “[Panda’s donation] enables our students to go beyond classroom learning and deepen their appreciation for and understanding of Hawaii’s history.”
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