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The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) presented $184,000 in grants to 160 Pasadena Unified Schools District (PUSD) teachers and principals at the annual PEF Teacher Grants reception on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Altadena Town & Country Club. Thanks to support from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and the generous support of the community, for the first time in the more than 40 years of the Teacher Grants program, PEF funded every PUSD school. The grants benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.
 

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November 4, 2016

EDM ARTISTS, PRODUCERS, SINGERS, AND COMPOSERS
SET TO JUDGE TEEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS AT THE
PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S
ROCK 4 PEF MUSIC FESTIVAL, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 

PASADENA, CA - EDM artists Dani Artaud (a.k.a SnowBlood) and Luis Dubuc (a.k.a. Mystery Skulls), composer Jae Deal, singer/songwriter Santina Giordano, and film composer Bobby Johnston will join with guest MC, musician Jonathan Martin Berry, to judge the Pasadena Educational Foundation's 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands at the Rock 4 PEF Music Festival on Saturday, November 5, at Levitt Pavilion from 5-8PM (gates open at 4PM.)

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October 27, 2016

WALTER INO OF SURVIVOR ANNOUNCES FINALISTS IN PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S TEEN BATTLE OF THE BANDS

FELI AND THE LEMONSHAKERS ADDED TO ROCK 4 PEF MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP

Walter Ino, of the rock band Survivor (Eye of The Tiger) and lead online judge in the Pasadena Educational Foundation's Battle of the Bands, announced the 5 finalists in the teen music competition via a video announcement. The musical journey began with 21 bands but will end with only one winner at the 3rd Annual Rock 4 PEF Music Festival on Saturday, November 5 at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena, beginning at 5PM (gates open at 4PM).

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October 24, 2016

PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY:
Local Business and Civic Leaders are Reporting to the Principal's Office

Local business and civic leaders will be spending the day in the principal's office on Wednesday, October 26th for the eleventh annual Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) "Principal for a Day" program. Sponsored and coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the program matches the talent and expertise of local community members with a school principal.

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October 11, 2016

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL TEEN BAND IN THE PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S ROCK 4 PEF BATTLE OF THE BANDS

3rd Annual Rock 4 PEF Music Festival, supporting music in Pasadena Unified schools, to be held Saturday, November 5


The Pasadena Educational Foundation(PEF) is hosting the 3rd Annual Rock 4 PEF Music Festival and Battle of the Bands, supporting music programs in Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the beautiful Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena's Memorial Park. Gates open at 4PM. Show starts at 5PM.

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October 5, 2016

The Conservancy Awards $70,000 to PUSD for Educational Garden Projects Thanks to Donors’ Generous and Loyal Contributions

Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy awarded $70,000 in grants to the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) to support school gardens to improve family health and nutrition, enhance science education, and help increase parental involvement in the schools.

The funds, awarded via the Pasadena Educational Foundation, will be used to support two new school-based gardens, at Pasadena High School and Franklin Elementary School, and to create a new full-time consultancy position at PUSD for a certificate-holding Master Gardener to coordinate the district’s school gardens. The individual serving in this position will be known as the “Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy Master Gardener.”

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August 30, 2016

PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION AWARDED NEA GRANT TO DEVELOP "OPEN STAGE" A COMMUNITY-BASED PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM FOR PUSD STUDENTS 

The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) has been selected for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works award of $79,500 to develop a community-based performing arts program titled "Open Stage" for the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD.) The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

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June 17, 2016

PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM KICKS-OFF A FUN-FILLED SUMMER OF LEARNING AND EXPLORATION 

More than 1,400 students show up for the first day of the 5-week program.

Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) Summer Enrichment Program is off to a great start with more than 1,400 students showing up for their first fun-filled week of summer learning and exploration.

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May 20, 2016

Pasadena Unified Students Get "Fast and Furious!" at the Pasadena Educational Foundation's Robo Rally 2016 Seventh Annual Middle School Robotics Competition

More than 100 middle school teams from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will be showcasing their robotic skills at this year's Robo Rally 2016: "Fast and Furious!" sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). The students will build and program robotic race cars to get to the garage on the other side of town as fast as possible. Adding to the programming complexity vehicles may be challenged to a "game of chicken" on a narrow road before reaching the garage.

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May 18, 2016

FIRST CLASS OF APP ACADEMY AT PASADENA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GRADUATE
Senior Capstone Showcase Friday, May 20, 2016

The first class to graduate from the Pasadena Educational Foundation supported App Academy at Pasadena High School will be holding a Senior Capstone Showcase on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. The App Academy at Pasadena High School is an innovative four-year high school program in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) where students learn computer science through mobile, web, and game development.

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April 29, 2016

Ignite the Spark of Innovation with Virgin Galactic President Steve Isakowitz at the Pasadena Educational Foundation's
CELEBRATING OUR SCHOOLS INNOVATE 2016

Innovation in education is the theme of the Pasadena Educational Foundation's spring event--Celebrating Our Schools INNOVATE 2016--which will feature Virgin Galactic President Steve Isakowitz, an award to community arts advocate Joan Palmer, and the first ever Launchpad interactive showcase featuring the Pasadena Unified School District's (PUSD) innovative programs and students. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at the historic Pasadena City Hall. Guests are invited to explore Launchpad from 5-6 P.M. Program begins at 6 P.M. followed by a reception in the courtyard.

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January 27, 2016

SCHOOL COMMUNITY GARDEN GRAND OPENING AT MADISON ELEMENTARY
SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016

Children, families, volunteers, and local officials will celebrate the grand opening of a school community garden at Madison Elementary School Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 from 2 – 4 p.m. The garden was developed thanks to a grant from the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy to the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) and the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). Pasadena PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed.D., Mayor Terry Tornek, and Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy President Eileen White Read will deliver remarks at the celebration.

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May 5, 2015
WHITE HOUSE CHAMPION OF CHANGE RECIPIENT S. DALLAS DANCE
TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S SPRING EVENT

PASADENA, CA - Celebrating Our Schools, the Pasadena Educational Foundation's 2015 Spring Event, will feature an inspiring keynote address from White House Champions of Change honoree Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Dr. Dance is responsible for overseeing one of the largest school districts in the nation.  A rising star in education, he is highly regarded for being a vibrant and driven leader, committed to advancing technology in the classroom.  The event will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at the historic Pasadena City Hall, beginning at 6 p.m.

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April 23, 2015
PASADENA UNIFIED STUDENTS WILL "RACE TO THE CORE!"
AT THE PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S ROBO RALLY 2015
SIXTH ANNUAL MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS COMPETITION

PASADENA, CA - More than 200 middle school students from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) will be showcasing their robotic skills at this year's Robo Rally 2015: "Race to the Core!" sponsored by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF). The students will compete to "Race to the Core!" of the galaxy with their autonomous robotic spaceships, while avoiding the asteroid belts blocking their path. This event is designed to be exciting and challenging for students, but also fun and entertaining for spectators. There will be a 15'x20' jumbotron projecting an aerial view of the 24' spiral galaxy course as robots race on it.

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February 12, 2015
PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
RECEIVES A $75,000 GRANT FROM S. MARK TAPER FOUNDATION

Grant will support five Pasadena Unified School District Healthy Start Family Centers

PASADENA, CA - Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is pleased to announce it has received a $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. These funds will support the five Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Healthy Start Family Centers located at Madison, Jackson, and Cleveland Elementary Schools, Eliot Middle School, and the Education Center.

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January 9, 2015
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT FINALIST TAYLOR MATHEWS COMING TO PASADENA UNIFIED HIGH SCHOOLS

Free Concert Series Coordinated By Pasadena Educational Foundation

PASADENA, CA - America's Got Talent season five finalist, Taylor Mathews, will be doing a week long series of free concerts for the students at each Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) high school. The concerts are being coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) in order to showcase the importance of music and music programs in our public schools. Taylor Mathews performed last fall at the inaugural ROCK 4 PEF music benefit festival in support of PUSD music programs and PEF, as well as judged last year's youth Battle of the Bands competition. He hopes to inspire young musicians to pursue their dreams and love for music. "I've been visiting schools across the U.S. and Canada to share how vital it is to be a dreamer and how necessary it is to encourage students to pursue their dreams." explains Taylor

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December 4, 2014
PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION TO PRESENT
2014-15 TEACHER GRANT AWARDS TO PASADENA UNIFIED TEACHERS

PASADENA, CA - 63 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) educators will be receiving early holiday gifts this year at the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) Teacher Grants reception on Tuesday, December 9 at 5PM, held at the Altadena Town & Country Club. Over $50,000 in grants will be awarded for the 2014-15 school year. The grants, awarded yearly, will benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

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October 21, 2014
LOCAL BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADERS ARE REPORTING TO PUSD PRINCIPALS'S OFFICES

 

PASADENA, CA Local business and civic leaders will be spending the day in the principal's office on Thursday, October 23 for the ninth annual "Principal for a Day" program. Sponsored by Merrill Lynch and coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the program matches the talent and expertise of local community members with a school principal.

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September 17, 2014
THE PASADENA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION PRESENTS TWO CONCERTS SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATION

ROCK 4 PEF Music Festival, on October 5, will Feature a Special Acoustic Show by Brian and Nikki from Silversun Pickups

Battle of the Bands on September 21, hosted by Comedian Al Madrigal, will
Showcase Over 40 Pasadena-area Young Musicians

 

PASADENA, CA The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is excited to announce that Brian and Nikki from Silversun Pickups will perform a special acoustic show at the inaugural ROCK 4 PEF benefit music festival beginning at 4PM on Sunday, October 5, at the Farnsworth Park Amphitheater. This extraordinary evening of music will also feature Pasadena homegrown favorite Ozma. America's Got Talent's Taylor Mathews, the soulful Melissa Polinar, and will introduce the winner of the area-wide teen Battle of the Bands. TV's Malcolm in the Middle star Jane Kaczmarek, who is also a PEF Board member, will join the star-studded line up on October 5 to help support music education programs in our local public schools.

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August 12, 2014
Pasadena Unified Teachers to be Trained on
Latest 3D Printer Technology

PASADENA, CA - With every school in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) receiving a 3D printer in the 2014-2015 school year, the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) and PUSD are presenting a day-long teacher training on the use of these cutting edge devices Wednesday, August 13 at Marshall Fundamental High School. The day will be capped with a spirited competition amongst the teachers to showcase their innovative design lessons.

 

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August 7, 2014
CALLING ALL PASADENA-AREA TEEN MUSICIANS! 

Pasadena Educational Foundation Now Accepting Song Submissions for
ROCK 4 PEF Battle of the Bands

PASADENA, CA - The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is now accepting submissions from Pasadena-area teen bands for the ROCK 4 PEF Battle of the Bands. This inaugural event will begin at 2 pm on Sunday, September 21 at Levitt Pavilion in Old Town Pasadena. Al Madrigal, comedian and star of NBC's About a Boy, will be the guest MC for this free community event. Deadline for band submissions is Wednesday, August 20.

 

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May 3, 2014
Pasadena City Council to Recognize Pasadena High School's
App Academy Freshman Student Team for Winning at Hack For Pasadena

 

PASADENA, CA - During a two-day marathon programming session, a team of four freshmen from the App Academy at Pasadena High School developed a mobile app to help local residents as part of the inaugural Hack for Pasadena competition, sponsored by Innovate Pasadena.  Their app won the prize for "Most Accessible Implementation of Technology to Reach and Engage the Community," including a $1,750 check and a meeting with a Silicon Beach venture capital firm to pitch their app for additional funding. The youngest team in this all-ages competition, all students of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), will be recognized by the Pasadena City Council for their achievements.

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April 15, 2014
HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN WIN INNOVATE PASADENA HACKATHON
App Academy at Pasadena High School Student-designed App Earns $1,750 Prize and Investor Meeting

PASADENA, CA - During a two-day marathon programming session, a team of four freshmen from the App Academy at Pasadena High School developed a mobile app to help local residents as part of the inaugural Hack for Pasadena competition on March 15-16, sponsored by Innovate Pasadena.  Their app won the prize for "Most Accessible Implementation of Technology to Reach and Engage the Community," including a $1,750 check and a meeting with a Silicon Beach venture capital firm to pitch their app for additional funding.

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April 24, 2014
Edward James Olmos Will Be Standing and Delivering for Pasadena Unified
Along with Mayor Bill Bogaard Who Will be Honored at the Annual Pasadena Educational Foundation Spring Event

PASADENA, CA - The Pasadena Educational Foundation's 2014 Spring Event, honoring actor and activist Edward James Olmos and Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, will be held on Wednesday, May 7 at the historic Pasadena City Hall beginning at 6pm. As the featured speaker for the evening, Mr. Olmos will be sharing his inspirational vision gained from decades-long work as an advocate and spokesman for educational causes.

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October 18, 2014
Local business and civic leaders are reporting to PUSD Principals’ offices

Local business and civic leaders will be spending the day in the principal’s office on Thursday, October 23 for the ninth annual “Principal for a Day” program.  Sponsored by Merrill Lynch and coordinated by the Pasadena Educational Foundation, the program matches the talent and expertise of local community members with a school principal.

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