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Local Starbucks Staffers Support PUSD Food & Green Space Equity Efforts

Recently employees from our many Pasadena-area Starbucks stores volunteered to support the efforts of Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Unified School District to advance food equity and offer more green spaces for our children. By volunteering to glean produce from CalFresh and the Los Angeles Food Bank, Starbucks staff have…...

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New Phase of Covid-19 Protection Underway at PUSD

Last week Pasadena Educational Foundation assisted Pasadena Unified Health Services by providing volunteer support at its first pediatric COVID-19 vaccination clinics and treated healthcare staff to catered boxed lunches. PEF has continued to support the Pasadena Unified School District’s efforts to test and vaccinate staff and students since vaccines COVID-19…...

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Honoring the Heart of PUSD Schools

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…...

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Training America’s Next Generation of AI Leaders

The Pasadena Educational Foundation, Caltech, and JPL teamed up with the Mark Cuban Foundation to host a free, 4-week Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp for Pasadena Unified high school students. Program was held at the Caltech campus and featured special guest speakers and lab exercises conducted by JPL mentors: Valentino Constantinou, Chris…...

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Volunteer: ‘Tis the season to give and be thankful!

‘Tis the season to give and be thankful! There’s so much going on at PEF to support our PUSD public schools. You can see our Volunteer Calendar is a cornucopia of unique volunteer opportunities! Click on any event below to learn more and sign up: Thanks to You BBQ for PUSD District…...

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School District to Pandemic Hero PEF: Thanks, Partner

PEF In the News: First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook. By Camila Castellanos Though the COVID-19 pandemic is not quite in the rearview mirror, the recent strides in reopening public schools and extracurricular and enrichment activities have given the Pasadena Unified School District cause…...

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Building Bridges and Championing Art in Our Community

Recently Blair High School’s International Academy students studied with writer/visual artist Sehba Sarwar about the history of immigrant communities and race issues in the Pasadena area. Their studies culminated in the creation of original art related to their own personal experiences as refugees, immigrants, descendants of immigrants, and members of…...

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TOR Celebrates Big Day for Teachers with Award to Julie Silk

One of the great things about working at PEF, is also working with great partners. Two of those great partners are the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the College Playoff Football Foundation. I was able to witness firsthand as they kicked off Extra Yard for Teachers Week by honoring Julie…...

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Celebrating International Literacy Day with Donation of 14,000 New Books

Pasadena Tournament of Roses and PEF Kick off Distribution of  Books Donated by The UPS Store Efforts emphasize importance of literacy on International Literacy Day PASADENA, Calif. (September 8,2021) –Today, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses celebrated International Literacy Day by starting the month-long distribution of 14,000 books generously donated by…...

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Local Grocery Stores Help PEF Nourish our Neighbors

Local Albertsons, Pavilions, and Vons Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief program provided PEF a $15,000 grant to support summer meals for PUSD students. PEF continued to help provide food assistance to Pasadena Unified students this summer with support from the Albertsons, Pavilions and Vons Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors. Over the past…...

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