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Teacher Grants Celebration Video 2020

Join the Pasadena Educational Foundation, College Football Playoff Foundation, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, PEF Staff, and the Teacher Grant Committee in celebrating our 2020 PEF Teacher Grant Winners! Our full list of grant winners is here....

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Thank You Neighborhood Church of Pasadena!

This fall, the Neighborhood Church of Pasadena reached out to the Pasadena Educational Foundation to take part in its “Share the Plate” initiative. Every Sunday the church collects an offering to go entirely to their community partners as an additional gift. The goal of this offering is to help make…...

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Every student deserves access to high-quality, well-funded public education

A message from Executive Director Patrick Conyers… This school year looks and feels different than those we all remember, with students meeting their new teachers and seeing old friends on a computer screen and not in person on campus. PUSD’s students, teachers, parents, and administrators are doing their best in…...

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PEF Response Fund in Action: Arts as a Healing Community-building Strategy

With support from PEF, more than 150 Pasadena Unified elementary and secondary teachers are participating in Creative Wellbeing: Arts, Schools, & Resilience: A School-based Healing-informed Arts Education Project. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture,…...

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Thank You TIAA’s Pasadena Office!

Thank you to TIAA’s Pasadena office for once again supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation. More than 50 employees donated more than 500 school and art supplies, and TIAA matched their gifts for a total of more than 1,000 items for TIAA’s 3rd annual Back to School supply drive that helps…...

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Stepping Up To Serve

by Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager Last week, Pasadena Educational Foundation wrapped up managing curbside volunteers for PUSD summer Grab & Go meals. We’ve been assisting PUSD since the first day of curbside meal service on March 17, 2020. And PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald asked PEF to…...

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PEF Summer 2020 Goes Digital: A Teacher’s View

The Pasadena Educational Foundation’s summer program moved online this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and teachers and students embarked on a whole new educational journey together. By the end of the five-week period, around 3,000 digital summer school participants had logged on to partake in the program’s 70+…...

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Meriel Stern – Super Volunteer & Teacher

by Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager Every once in a while, when I am working on organizing our volunteer database, a volunteer shines through the clutter. While many of our volunteers are dedicated, a few are truly special. I want to keep you informed about those that…...

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PEF’s Response Fund in Action

Thank you to all who supported the Pasadena Educational Foundation’s Response Fund.  With your help we have been distributing meals for Pasadena Unified students and families who are struggling financially at this time, addressing technology needs for this new form of distance learning, and creating and distributing 3D printed face…...

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Thank You Vromans Customers for Donating New Books to PUSD Homeless Youth

“We are very excited to have teamed up with Vroman’s Bookstore to bring books to kids experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness who are part of the Pasadena Unified School District’s Families in Transition program. Through books we learn new ideas and share in the experiences of others. Books are essential,…...

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