In celebration of our 5 year anniversary, we had an art contest for all of our kids. The entries were great, and we loved them all so much we decided to use them as illustrations for a story about our mascot Panda.
Panda used to live a simple life, meandering through the bamboo
forests in his quiet little world.
Aspyn Vanderbeek | age 8
He spent long afternoons napping in the sun.
Oaklee Collings | age 12
He dreamed of living a life that was brave and noble. He wanted
to add value to the world, but his naps were long and his dreams
Caden Wiegman | age 10
He munched on bamboo plants, trying to fill his insatiable
appetite. But he never felt quite full.
Bianca Quigley | age 11
Panda once tried to leave his cozy forest, but he couldn't do it.
The world seemed scary and the bamboo too sparse.
Bracken Williamson | age 4
So he returned back to the bamboo forest where the bamboo
was plentiful, and he tucked his dreams and ambitions behind the
bamboo stalks so he wouldn't think about them.
Avi Peterson | age 9
One day, he noticed a bamboo plant that had grown taller than
all the others. It loomed over him, begging him to climb and see
what lay beyond. So he carefully picked his way to the top and
Paden Williamson | age 6
The world was vast and colorful and from far above, he saw the glint of
a pink crown atop the head of the most beautiful panda he'd ever beheld.
He was smitten. Although it scared him to leave his peaceful home in the
bamboo forest, he decided to go find her.
Portia Quigley | age 6
It was time to venture out and see what there was to see. He
filled his tummy with bamboo. Leaving the only home he'd ever
known was a little scary, a little exciting and a lot overwhelming
as there were many paths he could take.
Kailee Jo Finlayson | age 5
The outside world was strange, filled with creatures he didn't
understand. He had a hard time finding the bamboo he loved so
much. His tummy began to grumble. He wondered if he made the
right choice but didn't know which direction to go to return
home. And sadly, the beautiful panda was nowhere to be seen.
Braden Martell | age 7
After days, Panda staggered into the city and found himself
before a tall building that smelled of beautiful bamboo. In fact,
bamboo was bent into letters of the alphabet on the outside
of the building. It spelled Bamboo HR. Panda tried to pull the
bamboo down but it was nailed on. Strange noises and loud
outbursts came from the windows, scaring him. Panda cowered.
Julienne Sanders | age 9
Panda shut his eyes tight and lay on the ground. He heard
movement around him. He worried it was a gang of hooligans,
ready to hurt him.
Brooke Peterson | age 7
But when panda looked up, he was surrounded by pandas. They
called themselves Bambooligans, and they were friendly. "Where
have you been? Your interview started five minutes ago." They
ushered him into the building.
Kylie Sanders | age 9
Panda was asked if he could dispose of a great stack of
spreadsheets. After his long travels, he was famished! He ate
spreadsheet after spreadsheet. They tasted great-almost as good as
bamboo! He got the job.
Dylan de Hoyos | age 11
As the pandas introduced around their new "Director of Fighting
Spreadsheets," Panda clamped eyes on the beautiful princess panda
from the day atop the bamboo plant. He'd found her at last!
Summer Williamson | age 6
Panda learned all he could about his princess, as well as about
HR and software and BambooHR, letting it all trickle to
Adam Peterson | age 12
Panda's old life of bamboo and naps in the sun was replaced with
hard work and fulfillment.
Brooke Williamson | age 10
He raged war on the evils of spreadsheets. . .
Nathan Wiegman | age 12
and worked harmoniously with the rest of his BambooHR team,
bringing beauty and extra time and HR software to the world.
Orion Bowers | age 12
By day, Panda became a fierce warrior, fighting spreadsheets.
Phoenix Bowers | age 9
By night, he dreamed of how he would continue to fight
spreadsheets again the next day and the next!
Aires Bowers | age 6
In offices everywhere, HR was changing. And Bamboo HR was
Cambrie Martell | age 10
Panda was making a difference in the world! And spreadsheets
Seth Peterson | age 7
He became the King of Killing Spreadsheets!
Ian Sanders | age 6
Panda felt fulfilled in a way he never had before.
Parker Smith | age 10
He celebrated each time a spreadsheet disappeared!
Molly Sanders | age 6
And of course, Panda and his princess lived happily ever after,
working together to spread HR software and rid the world of
Brynn Martell | age 3