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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.

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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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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