After reading about the condition of the panda population in their reading group they decided they would like to do something to help the pandas.
They researched further to learn the conditions of and the threats to the population. They students wrote and produced a video to share their learning with other Lakeview students. Technology coach, Mekca Walllace-Spurgin, assisted the students in learning how to use green screen technology to make their video.
According to the World Wildlife Organization, just 1,800 pandas remain in the wild. Habitat loss and human encroachment have been the biggest threat to pandas.
Their population has rebounded in recent years. They have been moved from the “endangered” list to the “vulnerable” list.
The students organized dress-up days in which students paid $0.25 to be allowed to participate in dress-up days such as: Dress as your favorite animal, dress as your favorite Disney character, or dress to illustrate your hobby or interest. The student council also joined in by sponsoring a “hat day” in which students made a donation for the privilege of wearing a hat on the last day of school.
Many students and teachers were enthusiastic about the “panda project”. The students were able to raise $300 which they donated to the World Wildlife Fund which works to support wildlife conservation around the world.