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The Pando Initiative connects Wichita, Derby and Haysville, Kansas students to people, communities and organizations, helping them build strength, vitality and the courage to take the initiative to succeed. With The Pando Initiative, each student can thrive.

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high school students


every year

3 OUT OF 5

children K-8

go to school


high school graduates

earn an average of

37% MORE

money than a dropout

Cloud Elementary-Denise

Denise from Cloud Elementary has been nominated for a STAR AWARD by her Student Support Advocate David. (Pando staff member). She  has really made great strides in improving her attendance and her behavior and has been visiting with the same mentor (a former Cloud student) for the last 4 years! She has developed a wonderful growth mind set and works hard on things even if it’s difficult. Denise keeps on pushing herself until she gets it right and sees the power of persistence and holds a “never give up” attitude!

What does being a champion mean to Denise?
Someone who strives to do something great! They work hard at reaching their goals and believe in themselves, even when others might not. 

Who are the people that helped you reach your finish line?
My parents and my teachers have encouraged me and lifted me up along the way.  Also, my grandparents have always shown me love and support. They taught me that I can do anything that I put my mind to. 

If you could travel to any country where would you go and why?
Brazil. Because I want to encourage children there and help them to believe in themselves. 


Congratulations Denise! We are so proud of your accomplishements and all that you are striving for in life!

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