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School Community Gardens

School Gardens – A Bull’s Eye for Learning & Corporate Volunteering

School gardens are classrooms in motion; they require an abundance of labor to be kept in proper shape.  And while students are on summer break, the growth in these gardens bolts.  It’s the time of year when the help of corporate volunteer groups is key. Last week a group of…...

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PEF Receives Junior League of Pasadena’s Community Impact Award

Pasadena Educational Foundation is the proud recipient of the Junior League of Pasadena’s 2022 Community Impact Award. This award is given to a Community Partner who has shown their dedication to the Pasadena community and is chosen by the Junior League’s Board of Directors. The award was announced at the…...

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Making Every Day An Earth Day

Invest in our planet. That was the motto for Earth Day 2022. Certainly one of the best ways to invest in our planet is by enhancing our children’s natural science learning. Pasadena Educational Foundation held a PUSD Proud Day as a part of its year-long 50th anniversary celebration, hosting employees…...

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PUSD Proud Day Champions Engaged Citizenship

Last week students and community volunteers worked together at Pasadena High School sharing their time, knowledge, and efforts for the first time in a very long while. Hosted by Pasadena Educational Foundation, members of the USC Trojan Affiliates, an alumni group, and players from the Caltech women’s soccer team, performed…...

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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. Starbucks staffers from around the area stepped up to serve with PEF at several events. That’s…...

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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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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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