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Our Work: In the Classroom

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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PEF Launches Free At Home Summer Program

Pasadena Educational Foundation Launches At Home Edition of its Popular Summer Enrichment Program Featuring Free Weekly Video Lessons and Activities Pasadena, CA — In its 17th year of offering fun summer learning opportunities, the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) launched the PEF Summer Enrichment Program | At Home Edition with a new format to reach students at…...

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PEF 3D Printing Workshop: An Impromptu Video Tour

Tony Gordo, our Programs Coordinator and now 3D Printing Manager was at our 3D Printing Design Workshop at John Muir Early College Magnet High School and gave us an impromptu tour over Zoom. Thank you to all who have supported this effort through our Response Fund. Here’s how we make…...

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PEF Receives $10,000 PCF Emergency Response Grant

Thank you Pasadena Community Foundation for providing COVID-19 Response grants to support our Pasadena Unified School District students and families experiencing extreme hardship from the economic, social, and physical impact of the COVID-19 crisis. This week the PUSD Families in Transition office began to disperse eggs, milk, and cheese  from…...

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App Academy Students Visualize Sound & Create Interactive VR Scenes

Our App Academy freshman and sophomore students have been busy since they started distance learning. The App Academy is a four-year computer science pathway program at Pasadena High School made possible by a partnership between the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena Unified School District. Check out some of their…...

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Innovating to Protect Critical Workers and Volunteers

[Article courtesy Pasadena NOW] As news across the globe pronounced a shortage of protective equipment for critical workers, the Pasadena Educational Foundation turned to its longstanding 3D printing program in Pasadena Unified (PUSD) to focus on solutions. Soon after schools closed and distance learning went into effect, staff collected 18…...

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A Summer Enrichment Program Message

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current shelter-in-place order, we unfortunately will not be able to hold our traditional, in-person Summer Enrichment Program this year. With your important feedback and that of our teachers, we looked at every possible option to transform the program into another format that…...

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