SOURCE: Panda Express

Panda Express

December 01, 2009 16:21 ET

Panda Express Offers Free Chinese New Year Learn with Me Program™ to All Schools

Educators Encouraged to Sign up for Curriculum Kits by December 8, 2009

ROSEMEAD, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Panda Express is proud to offer its Chinese New Year Learn with Me Program™ free of charge to all elementary schools across the nation. This child-friendly, interactive curriculum is designed to help educators teach the cultural significance of Chinese New Year, which in 2010 will mark the Year of the Tiger from February 14 to February 28.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community with the Learn with Me program," said Peggy Cherng, PhD, Co-Chair of Panda Express. "During this time when many schools are facing cutbacks, we are especially happy to provide a free, quality educational program that teachers may utilize and students may enjoy."

In its fourth year, the Learn with Me Program™ targets second to fourth graders and is estimated to serve over 100,000 students across the country. Each kit includes a Panda Express' Year of the Tiger DVD, Year of the Tiger Fact Sheet, Jade Emperor's Interactive Game and Activity Sheet, Lai See Activity Sheet and 35 bookmarks with Free Kids Meal coupon. Educators may sign up for the free kits by visiting www.pandaexpress.com from now until December 8. The program may be taught from February 5 to March 1, 2010 to correlate with the Chinese New Year Holiday.

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the first moon signals the beginning of Chinese New Year, which in 2010 will be the Year of the Tiger. Feb. 14 starts the 15 day celebration. On New Year's Eve, families come together to enjoy a delicious feast. The meal bears such importance that if a family member can't attend, an empty seat is kept in place to symbolize their presence!

About Panda Restaurant Group

With close to 1,300 locations in 38 states, the privately-held Panda Restaurant Group (www.pandaexpress.com) is the world's leader in Asian dining experiences. The successful chain of concepts includes Panda Express, Panda Inn and Hibachi-San. Panda Express is best known for its wide variety of original recipes including their famous Orange Chicken. In 2009 the company celebrates the 26th anniversary of Panda Express.

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