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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.

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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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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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…

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The Ripple Effect of Volunteering Can Start to Make Waves

by Lou Twilley C5LA Program Supervisor Our youth today need many types of experiences and opportunities that allow for new perspectives and learning moments. C5LA is a leadership development program…

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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…

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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…

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Pencil Pouches, Inspiration, and Working Together

Great things happen in our community when we work together! Thank you TIAA, Caltech, and JPL for creating 3,000 cute and durable pencil pouches filled with school supplies and a…

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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…

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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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Pasadena Measures I & J Passed. Thank you for your support.

Thank you to our Pasadena community for showing your overwhelming support for our Pasadena Unified School District students and schools by passing Measures I and J! We are grateful for…

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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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