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Volunteers Turn the Page As They Read Across Pasadena 2020

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager Last week volunteers shared some of their favorite childhood friends with PUSD elementary students. I was thrilled to get to be a reader, too. It was a lovely opportunity to go into our local public elementary schools and meet new friends…...

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Realtors! Become a PUSD Expert. Next Realtor Certification Course – April 22

Recognizing the enormously important role realtors play in influencing the community’s view of our public schools, the Pasadena Educational Foundation works collaboratively with area realtors, Pasadena Education Network (PEN), and the PUSD to provide opportunities for realtors to learn more and get further connected to our schools. Pasadena-area Realtors can…...

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A Dynamite Performance

by Frances Chiang Dayman PEF Board of Directors What a privilege it was to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve at Field Elementary Mandarin Dual Language Immersion School. 100+ parents and relatives were there with staff and students at their Friday Morning Assembly on the playground. It was a bright sunny…...

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with the Center for Student and Family Services

by Brianna Chu Christmas is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year, but can also serve as a source of stress for struggling families, especially concerning presents. The Families in Transition (FIT) program, based at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Center for Student and Family Services (CSFS),…...

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Volunteers – The Engine Behind So Much Good Work

There’s a new Fred Rogers movie coming out soon starring Tom Hanks as the most likable man in America. Not sure this requires a great deal of acting on Mr. Hanks’ part, perhaps only a cardigan and a clean pair of sneakers. However, it’s reassuring to be reminded of kind…...

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Exploring Our Schools. Celebrating Our 14th Annual Principal for a Day

Pasadena Educational Foundation celebrated our 14th annual Principal for a Day event with 33 extraordinary community members serving as guest principals at each of our unique Pasadena Unified School District campuses. Principal for a Day helps engage our community with our schools by inviting community business and civic leaders to…...

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Chess – For The Fun Of It

It’s so much easier to do something you find fun. Teachers know this. It’s why they spend hours compiling lesson plans for students, trying their best to include engaging tasks to enhance learning. It’s no secret – the human brain loves a good time. We adults forget this. We drudge…...

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A Day of Sportsmanship and Learning

What else compares to the love we have for sport? We make role models of modern day gladiators, young and, well… middle-aged, who sweat and toil on the fields of play. Yet, there’s a game of heroes and battles whose fans’ fervor rivals that of “traditional” athletic aficionados. And this…...

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Learning Skills to Flourish in the Modern Economy

Ever heard the term “soft skills”? It doesn’t come in a cone from Dairy Queen. Soft skills are capabilities such as critical thinking, teamwork, and work ethic which enable a job to be done well. Too many of us don’t have them. And they aren’t as easy to get as…...

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Celebrate the Grand Reopening of John Muir Early College Magnet

“The renovations at John Muir are a symbol of our proud Mustang traditions and our promising future” —John Muir Principal Dr. Lawton Gray III. Come to the John Muir High School Early College Magnet Grand Reopening Celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 21 at 5 PM. The Ribbon Cutting…...

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