Portsmouth kindergartner holds bake sale to save tigers

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Portsmouth kindergartner holds bake sale to save tigers

By Karen Dandurant
March 17, 2009 2:28 PM

PORTSMOUTH – Want to save tigers? Kai Dennett, 5, does, and he’s hoping lots of people come to his bake sale on Saturday, March 21, to help him do just that.

Kai will be in front of Pesce Blue restaurant on Congress Street from 9 to 11 a.m. His mother, Nel Dennett said he asked for and received permission to use the restaurant’s patio area for the bake sale.

“He’s going to sell banana bread to save tigers,” Dennett said. “His goal is to raise $200, the amount needed to symbolically adopt a tiger.”

This is not the first time Kai has worked to help animals.

“It makes me feel bad when the animals are endangered,” Kai said. “I love animals.”

In fact, when he grows up Kai wants to be an animal rescuer.

“About a year ago he saw an ad for the World Wildlife Fund with Noah Wiley that talked about polar bears as endangered. He was devastated,” Dennett said. “Then, he decided to take the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine he got for Christmas and sell slurpees.

Kai made orange juice slurpees and sold them for 50 cents in front of Celebrity Sandwich on Islington Street.

“He flagged down customers and he made $25.50 entirely by himself,” Dennett said. “It cost $25 to symbolically adopt a polar bear. Now, he thinks they are no longer endangered. He is set on saving the world and he’s doing it.”

This time, Kai recruited his kindergarten classmates at Little Harbour School to help and he is dressing his 2-year-old brother Pete as a tiger/mascot.

“He started firing up his class,” Dennett said. “Now they are so into it they are making a big banner. They have made cash registers. It’s so flipping cute.”

Kai is already working forward on his next project. He plans to sell Superfood smoothies to save the Pandas. Then there are koalas, frogs, manatees and on and on.

“He has a plan,” said his mom. “I couldn’t be more impressed with him.”

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