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Discovering the Magic of PUSD: Principal for a Day 2023 [Release]

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Principal for a Day Strengthens Bonds Between Schools and Community

Pasadena, CA— On October 25, 2023, the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) welcomed community and business leaders to participate in its annual Principal for a Day event across all Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) campuses. This immersive experience, now in its 16th year, is not just a day; it’s a journey into the heart of our public schools, where guest principals discover the magic that happens within PUSD classrooms.This year’s guests included Asst. City Manager of Pasadena Brenda Harvey-Williams, Acting Director of Pasadena Public Health Manuel Carmona, Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Conservatory of Pasadena Jennifer Cheng, Sierra Madre City Manager Jose Reynoso, Pasadena City Council member Jason Lyon, President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association Alex Aghajanian, and many more.

“The success of our programs is possible because of the participation and support of our community partners,” said Dr. Elizabeth Blanco, Interim Superintendent of PUSD. “The relationships forged through Principal for a Day bring our community closer to our schools and have a real impact on the wellbeing and success of our students.”

Since 2006, PEF has invited the community to step into the vibrant world of PUSD with its Principal for a Day program. This initiative is aimed at building meaningful connections by inviting community members to experience firsthand the innovative programs and vibrant campuses that define PUSD.

PEF Executive Director Dr. Patrick Conyers expressed his gratitude, saying, “Principal for a Day exemplifies the power of community collaboration. Our schools are not just places of learning; they are hubs of community strength and innovation. Today, our community leaders witnessed firsthand the dedication of our educators and the potential of our students.”

The Principal for a Day program has welcomed over 450 guest principals since its inception, creating lasting relationships with community partners who invest in the district’s initiatives and growth. These partnerships go beyond the event day; our partners provide crucial resources, engage in projects, offer volunteer support, and, most importantly, advocate for the schools within the Pasadena Unified School District.

The day’s activities culminated in a luncheon held at the Altadena Town & Country Club, where stories and experiences were shared, fostering connections that promise to lead to greater collaboration in the future.