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Teacher Grants: Raising Rainbow Trout for Project STREAM

Reconnecting an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the systems of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them. by Brianna Chu At Sierra Madre Middle School, science teacher Ravi Dev Anandhan (aka Mr. Dev) wanted to help his students better connect with the concepts of water quality and ecosystems, especially…...

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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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PEF Awards $200,000 to PUSD Teachers & Principals

The Pasadena Educational Foundation was founded in 1971 by the late teacher Jarratt Brunson to support Pasadena Unified School District schools. Jarratt wanted to dole out grants to community educators for special projects not covered in school budgets, and from there the Teacher Grant Program was born. For the past…...

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PFAR Celebrates Giving Tuesday with PEF and PEN Check Presentations

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS®! On Tuesday, December 3, aka Giving Tuesday, PFAR presented the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Education Network a donation for our partnership in the PUSD Realtor Certification Program. This successful program has now certified more than 60 local realtors and provided them with the…...

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Thank you! Your support comes in many ways.

As we enter this season of thanks, we want to extend our gratitude to the community for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation. We know great schools don’t just happen. Your dedication to our Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre public schools makes the difference. Support for PEF comes in many ways.…...

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Thank You TIAA’s Pasadena Office!

Thank you to TIAA’s Pasadena Office for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Blair Middle School! As part of TIAA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, the Pasadena office partnered with the Pasadena Educational Foundation for the 2nd year for a back to school supply drive. More than 30 employees from the…...

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Thank You Summer Youth Leaders

We wrapped up our 2019 Summer Youth Leader Volunteer program with a Pizza Party & Awards Ceremony at Pitfire Pizza. Thank you to the more than 170 high school students who joined us this summer to support the teachers and students in our PEF Summer Enrichment Program. Our dedicated youth…...

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Summer classes with no pressure, no tests, and no grades

PEF is the recipient of the 2019 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation new “Tier 1” award,  $25,000 per year over the next two years. The grant is supporting a brand new project for PUSD students in grades 6 through 9 who need additional support in English or Math. The project,…...

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Momentum 2019 Raises $650,000! Thank you for supporting PEF.

We did it! Thank you to all who supported the Pasadena Educational Foundation by attending or sponsoring the Celebrating Our Schools MOMENTUM 2019 spring event and contributing to the 2019 Momentum Challenge Match. With your support, we met the challenge and raised over $650,000 for PEF’s vital programs and initiatives.…...

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Books. Books. Books.

Teacher Grants Update AP Lit Books for John Muir Early College Magnet High School To expose his students to the rigors of the AP Lit test and to raise the number of students that have received passing grades on the test, teacher Charles Vines received a 2018-19 PEF Teacher Grant…...

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