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Alma Stokes: A Lifetime of Activism, Community, Faith, and Resilience 

by Brianna Chu Early Life Alma Stokes’s four oldest children can imagine their mother’s life as a movie. The seventh child of a family of twelve children, Alma was born in 1931 in Everett, Washington to her father, Reverend T.A. Patterson, a teacher turned African Methodist Episcopal minister, and her…...

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A Day of Generosity and Remembrance

September 11, 2020 National Day of Service and Remembrance Remembering 9/11 feels particularly important this year. 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Yet, the shared adversity of this year makes it all the more important to celebrate the generosity and neighborly care given by so many…...

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Art Matters In PUSD

by Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager One of the things I have been doing with my “unprecedented” time is watching Waldermar Januszczak documentaries about art. I love art in all forms. And binge-watching his art history shows feeds a piece of my soul that feels withered now.…...

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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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PFAR Hosts PUSD Realtors Table Talk

Recently, the Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors hosted a PUSD Realtors Table Talk: “Education in COVID-19.” As part of PFAR’s expanding PUSD initiative, the conversation featured Helen Chan Hill, director, Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development at PUSD and Dr. Jennifer Miyake-Trapp, assistant professor of Education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology…...

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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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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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PFAR Giving Supports PEF Response Fund

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® ! On Thursday, May 14, the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® unveiled PFAR Giving, an initiative centered on investing in the community. Partnering with the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF), the program’s first effort will support local educational resources through PEF’s Education Response Fund. “We are excited…...

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Celebrating our Teachers with UTP and Chiquita Bonita

May 13, 2020, is California’s Day of the Teacher and this year’s theme is California Teachers: Inspiring Generations. Whether in person or at a distance during the global pandemic, the educators of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) make a difference every day in the lives of our students. PUSD…...

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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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