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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.

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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App Academy at Spokeo

This spring, 55 App Academy sophomores were invited to spend the day at Spokeo, a Pasadena-based software company. The students were given advice and encouragement from Spokeo engineers, programmers, and…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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