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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.

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Our Teachers, Cultivating an Award-winning Writer

PUSD Proud Our Teachers, Cultivating an Award-winning Writer By Lydia Idem Finkley Pasadena Educational Foundation Board Member and PUSD Parent When I got the news that Imani won the NAACP…

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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…

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A Day Filled with Sportsmanship, Patience, and the Joy of Chess.

A quick reflection from Dan Jarashow, the “Czar” of The Ray Joiner Chess Tournament Celebrating Volunteerism:  I was tremendously impressed with how our Ray Joiner Memorial Chess Tournament went on…

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Our School Annual Funds are Growing!

More than 35 of our School Annual Fund representatives and principals joined us to kick off this year’s Annual Fund campaigns. We welcomed back our amazing returning Annual Fund Chairs…

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PEF Breakfast Welcomes Back PUSD Teachers & Staff

The Pasadena Educational Foundation, with support from community sponsors, welcomed back 2,000 Pasadena Unified School District teachers, staff, and administrators this week with a breakfast held at Pasadena High School.…

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Pasadena Art Alliance Awards PEF $20,000 Impact Award

Thank you to the Pasadena Art Alliance, for awarding PEF the 2018 Impact Award and $20,000 for our collaborative My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community program. My Masterpieces delivers…

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“Curiouser and curiouser” at Celebrating Our Schools 2018

What an exhilarating evening! Not only did our Celebrating Our Schools BREAKTHROUGH 2018 guests hear amazing speakers, share wonderful conversations, and eat fantastic food, but they got hands-on and had…

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Wilson Robotics Power’s Up with FIRST Robotics Competition

Mario and Luigi costumed high school students? Robots fighting over yellow bricks? Air horns? Before students headed off for spring break, Wilson Middle School’s Robotics students headed to Pomona Fairplex…

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PEF Board President Receives Pasadena Women of Distinction Award from Assemblymember Chris Holden

Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Onoye! The Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Board president, Dr. Kathy Onoye, was selected to be this year’s recipient of the Women of Distinction Award for Pasadena. The…

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Realtors Read Across PASadena

“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. What a wonderful morning sharing the joy…

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Summer Sign-ups Kick Off at Westridge Fair

What a great day meeting new and returning families to our Summer Enrichment Program at the Westridge Summer Opportunities Fair. PEF is celebrating 15 years of providing our community’s children…

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Exploring PUSD’s Remarkable Architecture

Together with Pasadena Heritage, Pasadena Education Network, and our local realtors, PEF hosted a public tour of 4 of PUSD’s remarkable collection of public school buildings that date from the…

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Breaking Ground with C5LA Youth Leadership Team

” I enjoyed working side by side with this group of young people who took on the hard work and made the day enjoyable.” –Katia Ahmed, Farm to School Coordinator…

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Oak Groves & Sculputure at Descanso Gardens

New this year to the My Masterpieces program is a pilot project with Descanso Gardens for the 3rd graders. Students were engaged, prepared, and excited to be outside on the…

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