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Our Stories: Making an Impact Everyday

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Read about the many ways our community helps the Pasadena Educational Foundation make an impact on the lives of every student, at every school, every day.

PEF Awards $200,000 to PUSD Teachers & Principals

The Pasadena Educational Foundation was founded in 1971 by the late teacher Jarratt Brunson to support Pasadena Unified School District schools. Jarratt wanted to dole out grants to community educators…

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PFAR Celebrates Giving Tuesday with PEF and PEN Check Presentations

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS®! On Tuesday, December 3, aka Giving Tuesday, PFAR presented the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Education Network a donation for our partnership in the…

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Thank you! Your support comes in many ways.

As we enter this season of thanks, we want to extend our gratitude to the community for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation. We know great schools don’t just happen. Your…

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Volunteers – The Engine Behind So Much Good Work

There’s a new Fred Rogers movie coming out soon starring Tom Hanks as the most likable man in America. Not sure this requires a great deal of acting on Mr.…

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Exploring Our Schools. Celebrating Our 14th Annual Principal for a Day

Pasadena Educational Foundation celebrated our 14th annual Principal for a Day event with 33 extraordinary community members serving as guest principals at each of our unique Pasadena Unified School District…

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Chess – For The Fun Of It

It’s so much easier to do something you find fun. Teachers know this. It’s why they spend hours compiling lesson plans for students, trying their best to include engaging tasks…

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Back to School Fundraising Kicks Off with Annual Fund Breakfasts

The Pasadena Educational Foundation holds 27 annual fund accounts for Pasadena Unified School District schools, which allows parents and principals to raise money for their school’s greatest needs and highest…

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Thank You TIAA’s Pasadena Office!

Thank you to TIAA’s Pasadena Office for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Blair Middle School! As part of TIAA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, the Pasadena office partnered with the…

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A Day of Sportsmanship and Learning

What else compares to the love we have for sport? We make role models of modern day gladiators, young and, well… middle-aged, who sweat and toil on the fields of…

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Learning Skills to Flourish in the Modern Economy

Ever heard the term “soft skills”? It doesn’t come in a cone from Dairy Queen. Soft skills are capabilities such as critical thinking, teamwork, and work ethic which enable a…

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Celebrate the Grand Reopening of John Muir Early College Magnet

“The renovations at John Muir are a symbol of our proud Mustang traditions and our promising future” —John Muir Principal Dr. Lawton Gray III. Come to the John Muir High…

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School Gardens Don’t Go on Summer Vacation

by Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator School gardens don’t go on summer vacation; they go into high gear. But who takes care of the 19 school gardens while…

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PEF Hosts Welcome Back Breakfast for PUSD Staff & Teachers

The Pasadena Educational Foundation, with support from community sponsors, welcomed back 2,000 Pasadena Unified School District teachers, staff, and administrators today with a Welcome Back Breakfast & Resource Fair held…

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Thank You Summer Youth Leaders

We wrapped up our 2019 Summer Youth Leader Volunteer program with a Pizza Party & Awards Ceremony at Pitfire Pizza. Thank you to the more than 170 high school students…

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Summer classes with no pressure, no tests, and no grades

PEF is the recipient of the 2019 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation new “Tier 1” award,  $25,000 per year over the next two years. The grant is supporting a brand…

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PEF Welcomes New Board Members

“All four individuals demonstrate a great commitment to our community and our schools. Their expertise, leadership, and professional knowledge will be a great asset to our board of directors. We…

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Momentum 2019 Raises $650,000! Thank you for supporting PEF.

We did it! Thank you to all who supported the Pasadena Educational Foundation by attending or sponsoring the Celebrating Our Schools MOMENTUM 2019 spring event and contributing to the 2019…

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Media Release: Rose Bowl Stadium to Host 9th Annual Pasadena Unified Middle School Robotics Competition

PASADENA, Calif. (April 2, 2019)—On Friday, April 12, approximately 200 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) middle school robotics students will take over the Rose Bowl Stadium’s end-zone to compete for…

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Media Release: Realtors Can Now Become PUSD Certified

Pasadena, CA – Local Realtors now have the chance to become a local expert and get a leg up on the competition by becoming a PUSD Certified Realtor. As part…

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Realtors Read & Celebrate Dr. Seuss

“It was a blast and one of the classes gave me a certificate. So great!” – Lee Cuellar, Realtor Thank you Realtors! What a wonderful morning celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday…

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