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2021 Year In Review: Your Support Made A Difference

As we wind down 2021, everyone at PEF is grateful for the support of our donors, volunteers, and partners. You have enabled us to do great things for our public school community this year. Together we make an impactful difference in the lives of our students and families.

Thank you for being an active part of our mission to achieve excellence and equity in all Pasadena Unified School District schools!

PEF Honored as PUSD Community Partner of the Year

School District to Pandemic Hero PEF: Thanks, Partner

Thank you! We can’t do it without you.
Since March 2020 you have:

$6.1 million
in support of our students,
teachers, and schools.
12,000 hours
of your time.
curbside meals &
produce boxes
art supplies, learning kits,
and PE equipment

Look at all that we accomplished together. Here are our stories of making our community stronger:

  • Furthered community immunization efforts by supporting vaccine clinics and workers

3,000 face shields to protect our school and community workers

Helping PUSD Get Back On Campus

A Delicious Thank You for Vaccination Workers

C is for Cookies and Clinic Workers

April-May 2021 Volunteers of the Month – Vaccination Volunteers

Keeping Students In School Requires Community Help

New Phase of Covid-19 Protection Underway at PUSD

  • Provided books, supplies, and learning materials to students

TIAA’s 4th Annual Back to School Supply Drive

Helping Students Explore The World Through Reading

Celebrated International Literacy Day with 14,000 books

Toys That Meet Unique Learning Needs with unique learning needs

  • Supported the district staff with professional development and morale boosting events

2021: A Summer like no other!

Heeding the Call – August 2021 Volunteers of the Month

Introducing the ArtCenter Design Fellowship

Honoring the Heart of PUSD Schools

  • Upgraded school gardens for learning and distributed fresh produce to families

Upgrading School Gardens with Pasadena Junior League and Pasadena NCL

Local Starbucks Staffers Support PUSD Food & Green Space Equity Efforts

Bluebeam – Gardens Are For Learning

Growing Willard’s Orchard

Local Grocery Stores Help PEF Nourish our Neighbors

Farm to School Promotes Healthy Eating

  • Promoted expanded learning opportunities to PUSD students

A Spotlight on PUSD’s African-American Parent Council

Black History Living Museum Goes Online 

Learn to Code Opportunities for Summer Students

Training America’s Next Generation of AI Leaders

  • Enhanced the summer learning of PUSD students with innovative programs

2021 A Summer Like No Other

Time is Flying By this Summer

Enjoy Our Summer Virtual Open Houses!

Thank You 2021 Summer Youth Leaders – June/July Volunteers of the Month

Madison Academy – The Perfect Recipe for Learning

Storytime to Delight: Read Across Pasadena 2021

  • Offered thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships to support the school-wide projects, teachers’ classroom needs, the arts, and help fulfill students’ college dreams

PEF Presents $200,000 in Grants to Teachers and Schools

Honoring Our Director of Development, Angela Parris

The LIFT Scholarship Launches in 2021 to Celebrate Young Latina Leaders

The Pasadena All Star Band Takes Off!

The Little Mermaid Jr. Premieres at Altadena Arts Magnet School

Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2021

TOR Celebrates Big Day for Teachers with Award to Julie Silk

Building Bridges and Championing Art in Our Community

The Nancy Scott Scholarship for Blair High School

2021 Scholarship Celebration

Happy 2022 to All!

Let’s keep the great work going.
Thank you for your continued support.