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Honoring the Heart of PUSD Schools

Thanks for allowing us to participate and sponsor this event celebrating all the wonderful people “behind the scenes” at PUSD. And the food was amazing! Veronica Vasquez, New York Life

To honor those who serve as the heart of our public schools, Pasadena Educational Foundation kicked off it’s 50th year with a “Thanks to You BBQ” hosted by Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald. A native of Jamaica, Dr. McDonald and his barbecue team grilled up jerk chicken for 300+ PUSD employees who work in the Ed Center, Maintenance and Operations, the offices of Food & Nutrition Services, school principals, and assistant principals. This event was a wonderful way to show our appreciation to those who support our public school students in countless ways that often go unrecognized.

Sponsored by New York Life and supported by volunteers from PTA Council of PUSD, Leadership Pasadena, and Collaborate Pasadena, tasty side dishes of Jamaican rice and peas and steamed cabbage from Pasadena Fish Market were served up with admiration and love.

Sometimes our public school employees need some old-fashioned celebrating! The “Thanks to You BBQ” did just that. During this season of giving, Pasadena Educational Foundation is grateful to collaborate with community partners and especially thankful for the work PUSD staff does to empower our students through education.

“The ‘Thanks to You BBQ’ was a great opportunity for us to express our sincere appreciation for the hard work of PUSD’s staff.”
—Scott Harden, PTA Council of PUSD President.