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January 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Susan Baranich

“I feel strongly we build our communities by serving the children in our communities,” Susan says. “If you want to support the kids, you must support the schools. Pasadena Educational Foundation has made it easy for me to do that.” Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is…...

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More than Warm Wishes – Curbside Holiday Meals

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | Volunteer & Engagement Manager The holidays come with countless expectations – from family gatherings to shiny gifts to office parties. This year our expectations were altered, given the global COVID-19 pandemic. Most focused on the meaning of the holidays, tried to find joy in simplicity,…...

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2,000 Volunteer Hours in 2020 – Extraordinary Work

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager We had no idea how much would be asked of Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers in 2020. Our community needs changed drastically… and our volunteers met those needs. On reflecting on this year, I looked back at the wonderful things our…...

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Video: Teachers’ Share Challenges & Victories During Remote Learning

“Public education has always been the great equalizer. It is an essential component to our country’s past successes and enduring idealism. Every student deserves access to high-quality, well-funded public education.” – Patrick Conyers, Executive Director By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Like an unwanted guest, Covid-19…...

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Supporting Community Through Volunteering & Leadership: Felicia Williams

Former Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Felicia Williams begins her tenure as District 2 representative on the Pasadena City Council this week. Felicia holds a B.A. from Stanford University in Urban Studies, an M.A. from UCLA in Urban Planning, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of…...

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Grab & Grow Kits Support Science & Art Learning

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Recently Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers helped assemble and distribute seed kits and art books to Pasadena Unified School District third graders. These “Grab & Grow” kits accompanied their plant life cycle lessons during remote learning. Each kit contained a magnifying…...

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Bluebeam Supports PUSD Principals During Remote Learning

“Bluebeam employees were thrilled to create care packages and write encouraging notes for the PUSD principals that have worked tirelessly to serve students and staff during a particularly challenging time. Thank you for all that you do for the Pasadena community!” – Staci Armao, Sr. Employee Experience Manager, Bluebeam, Inc.…...

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Your Vote Counted… For Our Public Schools

Special thanks to all of you who voted in support of Measure O! If there’s a positive that can be taken away from this horrible pandemic, it’s the increased public awareness of the importance of public education and the need to enable access to technology with an eye towards equity.…...

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Community Heroes Combat Food Insecurity

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Today on this World Food Day, it’s important to remember that many of our families and friends need our support to get nourished. Our PUSD schools have a unique role in combating food insecurity. And while PUSD Health Services has…...

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Alma Stokes: A Lifetime of Activism, Community, Faith, and Resilience 

by Brianna Chu Early Life Alma Stokes’s four oldest children can imagine their mother’s life as a movie. The seventh child of a family of twelve children, Alma was born in 1931 in Everett, Washington to her father, Reverend T.A. Patterson, a teacher turned African Methodist Episcopal minister, and her…...

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