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Our Work: Health & Wellbeing

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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From Loofahs to Prolific Fruit Trees: Growing Willard’s Orchard

By Brianna Chu PUSD Master Gardener Jill McArthur had harvested about 70 loofahs from a vine at Pasadena High School and was trying to figure out what to do with them. She was in luck when she asked second grade Willard teacher Stacey Torres and her second grade co-teacher, as…...

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PUSD Teachers & Staff Prepare for New School Year

Ever wonder how teachers get ready for school? To be sure, lesson planning and classroom prepping is required, but did you know that teachers go to class, too? This week teachers were the students. Pasadena Unified School District teachers attended classes as a part of their preparation for the 2021-2022…...

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Upgrading School Gardens with Pasadena Junior League and Pasadena NCL

Gardens serve many purposes. They teach us about nature, science, inform us about the food on our tables, and help us understand the importance of consistency and a strong work ethic. There’s so much to learn from outdoor spaces. This is exactly why school gardens are vital classrooms and why…...

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April-May 2021 Volunteers of the Month – Vaccination Volunteers

Volunteers have supported our school community in a myriad of ways over that last year and in ways we never expected. From distributing food to school supplies, they have met the vital needs of our neighbors and friends. However, none of these needs may be as important as helping our…...

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Our School Gardens Are Growing at Franklin Farms

Our newest school community garden, Fox Farms, is now open at Franklin Elementary School. The garden was developed thanks to a grant from the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy to the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena Unified School District. The grants support school gardens to improve family health and nutrition,…...

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Celebrating Madison’s New School Community Garden

Madison Elementary School has a new garden. Thanks to a grant from the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy to PEF and PUSD, the new Madison Elementary garden will bring families, school staff, and the community together to cultivate a healthy environment and serve as an outdoor classroom for more than 430…...

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PCGC Awards $70,000 for School Gardens

Thank you to the Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy for awarding PEF $70,000 in grants to support school gardens to improve family health and nutrition, enhance science education, and help increase parental involvement in our Pasadena Unified School District schools. “We are delighted to be partnering with Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy,…...

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