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Our Work

Books. Books. Books.

Teacher Grants Update AP Lit Books for John Muir Early College Magnet High School To expose his students to the rigors of the AP Lit test and to raise the number of students that have received passing grades on the test, teacher Charles Vines received a 2018-19 PEF Teacher Grant…...

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Summer Volunteer Leadership Training is Coming!

by Allison Pultz Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Last summer our 176 high school and college volunteers shared so much with me about their experiences as young leaders in our Summer Enrichment Program, supporting teachers and students in our K-8 classes. I was hugely impressed with the amount of personal growth…...

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Every Student Succeeding in PUSD

On every school day, dedicated educators and courageous students overcome tremendous obstacles to reach their goals of academic excellence. PEF is honored, once again, to pay tribute to our remarkable local nominees at the PUSD Every Student Succeeding Awards and Luncheon. Their success is our success; their powerful stories are…...

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Kaiser Helps Our Schools Thrive. Thank you.

“Seeing the kids in various classroom setting really helped bring our community service event to life.” – Kendra Castillo by Allison Pultz Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator I had a wonderful experience coordinating a service day at Altadena Arts Magnet Elementary School for 30 Kaiser Permanent volunteers on November 1.  After…...

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A Gift of Music. Thank You.

“Thanks to the generous gift from Ms. Leslie Zasa of a beautiful looking and sounding baby grand piano, Altadena Arts Magnet is able to accompany their musical shows in true artistic style. From guest pianists to our own teachers, this piano is lovingly played and enjoyed by the entire Altadena…...

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Thank You Toyota of Pasadena

Thank you to Toyota of Pasadena for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation and our PUSD schools with a donation of $5,000. Community support makes it possible for PEF to help create a vibrant and enriching educational experience for every student, at every school, every day. “Toyota of Pasadena is a…...

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Building a Rich and Colorful Experience

Building a Rich and Colorful Experience Using Social Sculpture Concepts to Develop Our Summer Classroom Experiences by Jamie Powell Pasadena Educational Foundation Programs Manager This next summer will mark my 5th year managing the Summer Enrichment Program for the Pasadena Educational Foundation. The work is challenging, creative, and rewarding, and…...

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Our Story in 3-Minutes. We Are the Pasadena Educational Foundation

Thank you to filmmaker and volunteer extraordinaire, Chris Arnold,  and to Jericho Road for helping us create this moving video showcasing our work and mission. Several months ago, we reached out to Jericho Road for some assistance in creating a video that would help us better tell our story. Jericho…...

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The Summer Numbers are In!

The summer numbers are in…and we have something to celebrate. Our 15th year of providing our Summer Enrichment Program was the biggest one ever. This year we had: 1578 students 142 unique classes 15 partner organizations 184 staff members And thanks to the support of our community partners, foundations, and donor…...

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Our Endowment Is Growing Thanks to Keith and Margaret Russell

Thank you to Keith and Margaret Russell for their generous endowment gift of $500,000 to the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Their gift is the largest endowment gift in PEF’s history and will be given out over a 10-year period. The Russells are long-time supporters of PEF and our PUSD schools. In…...

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