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Our School Gardens Are Growing at Franklin Farms

Our newest school community garden, Fox Farms, is now open at Franklin Elementary School. The garden was developed thanks to a grant from the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy to the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena Unified School District. The grants support school gardens to improve family health and nutrition,…...

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Celebrating Madison’s New School Community Garden

Madison Elementary School has a new garden. Thanks to a grant from the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy to PEF and PUSD, the new Madison Elementary garden will bring families, school staff, and the community together to cultivate a healthy environment and serve as an outdoor classroom for more than 430…...

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PCGC Awards $70,000 for School Gardens

Thank you to the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy for awarding PEF $70,000 in grants to support school gardens to improve family health and nutrition, enhance science education, and help increase parental involvement in our Pasadena Unified School District schools. “We are delighted to be partnering with Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy,…...

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Little Free Libraries at Jefferson

Jefferson Elementary School parents, students, and staff assembled, painted, and placed the three Little Free Libraries around the school. The little libraries will be stocked with books in English and Spanish since Jefferson Elementary is home to one of Pasadena Unified’s Spanish dual language immersion programs. The little libraries were…...

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2016 Edison Scholarship Winners

“Higher education can transform lives. We’re committed to helping young people build better lives—and bright futures—through careers in STEM fields” – Edison Thank you Edison International for supporting our PUSD students by working through PEF to provide $2,500 scholarships to two Muir High School students through the Edison Scholars program…...

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Rockets, Math, Art, and More

2013-14 PEF Teacher Grant Awards Our 2013-2014 school year just ended and our PEF Teacher Grant Awardees are starting to send us some fabulous updates from the school year.  We have pictures, stories, audio files, and video coming in from all over the district. Thank you to all who help…...

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Full Circle at the Gamble House

Full Circle at the Gamble House During the graduation of the new group of Jr. Docents at the Gamble House, a partner for the 3rd grade students, we learned that all of these high school students had been through the My Masterpieces Program as third graders, and now would have…...

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Raiders of the Lost Can

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the Pasadena Educational Foundation sent a group of over two hundred Pasadena Unified middle school robotics students to Caltech to take a lab tour, hear a lecture on neuroscience, and learn about the relationship between neuroscience and programming robotics. The day culminated in attending Raiders of…...

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Historical Classroom Maps

Learning History Through Geography “Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to apply for a teacher grant.  I used the money to purchase historical classroom maps (16 of them!) I started teaching in 1997, and this is the first time that I have had classroom maps that are…...

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What does a Kindergarten student do in the My Masterpieces Program?

The PEF award-winning program My Masterpieces that is offered to all PUSD students (K-6) starts with a field trip to Kidspace Children’s Museum for Kinder students. They are met by an educator that tours them around the gardens and provides educational activities. One of the engaging activities (seen below) is creating their own unique…...

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