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Celebrating the New Hopes and Dreams Scholarship

Celebrating the Inaugural Year of the Hopes and Dreams Scholarship In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the following protests and campaigns for greater accountability and equality in our economic, political, and social systems, current Marshall parents Martin and Katrina Ortega had been thinking about how they could support…...

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PEF Launches Free At Home Summer Program

Pasadena Educational Foundation Launches At Home Edition of its Popular Summer Enrichment Program Featuring Free Weekly Video Lessons and Activities Pasadena, CA — In its 17th year of offering fun summer learning opportunities, the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) launched the PEF Summer Enrichment Program | At Home Edition with a new format to reach students at…...

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A Renewed Commitment to Education, Equality, & Safety

The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have shocked everyone with a conscience. Moreover, the disturbing, brutal responses to protestors by some federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have illuminated the myriad injustices that still pervade our society. We at Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) have heard…...

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Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2020

Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2020 by Brianna Chu In its second year, the Manwani Family Scholarship is a scholarship specifically for Marshall Fundamental graduates, created by Marshall alumnus Bhart Manwani. Mr. Manwani and his older brother attended Don Benito Fundamental School and then Marshall Fundamental School after they…...

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LA84 Foundation and Pasadena Educational Foundation Keep PUSD Students Healthy and Active

The LA84 Foundation, in partnership with the Pasadena Educational Foundation, brought its #StayActiveStayStrong program to students in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). The #StayActiveStayStrong program encourages healthy activities for kids while they are at home due to COVID-19 restrictions. Not all children and families have access to play equipment,…...

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Celebrating the Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020

Celebrating the Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020 by Brianna Chu The Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship is named after the beloved Director of Art and art teacher, recognized by fellow teachers and students alike for his deep love of art, great smile…and his signature moustache and red socks!…...

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PEF 3D Printing Workshop: An Impromptu Video Tour

Tony Gordo, our Programs Coordinator and now 3D Printing Manager was at our 3D Printing Design Workshop at John Muir Early College Magnet High School and gave us an impromptu tour over Zoom. Thank you to all who have supported this effort through our Response Fund. Here’s how we make…...

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PEF Receives $10,000 PCF Emergency Response Grant

Thank you Pasadena Community Foundation for providing COVID-19 Response grants to support our Pasadena Unified School District students and families experiencing extreme hardship from the economic, social, and physical impact of the COVID-19 crisis. This week the PUSD Families in Transition office began to disperse eggs, milk, and cheese  from…...

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PFAR Giving Supports PEF Response Fund

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® ! On Thursday, May 14, the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® unveiled PFAR Giving, an initiative centered on investing in the community. Partnering with the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), the program’s first effort will support local educational resources through PEF’s Education Response Fund. “We are excited…...

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Celebrating our Teachers with UTP and Chiquita Bonita

May 13, 2020, is California’s Day of the Teacher and this year’s theme is California Teachers: Inspiring Generations. Whether in person or at a distance during the global pandemic, the educators of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) make a difference every day in the lives of our students. PUSD…...

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