“Lunar New Year is one of the most exciting times of the year in Asian culture, and every year, it presents an opportunity for us at Panda to create meaningful conversations around the holiday with our guests, associates, friends and families,” Andrea Cherng, chief brand officer at Panda Express, said in the release. “Nearly 15 years ago, Panda launched the ‘Lets Explore!: Lunar New Year’ curriculum to spark cultural curiosity in our local communities, and it’s grown to become such a valuable resource for educators all over the country. We’re thrilled to be partnering with DonorsChoose, inviting donors to help amplify this important initiative and foster cultural appreciation and inclusivity within our younger generations inside and outside the classroom.”
“Teaching about Lunar New Year encourages our students to appreciate their own cultures or cultures that may be different from their own,” Alix Guerrier, CEO of DonorsChoose, said in the press release. “Panda Express is providing educators with resources that make for a festive celebration of the Lunar New Year and for inspiring cultural learning in the classroom.”
The “Let’s Explore!: Lunar New Year” program is designed for students grade Pre-K through fifth grade.
Panda Express operates more than 2,500 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to 12 international countries.