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Outreach

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 PEF Volunteers: National Volunteer Week 2021

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo, PEF Community Engagement & Volunteer Manager Last week the Los Angeles Times published an article about how hugs are making a comeback post-vaccinations. In the piece, Angelenos shared stories of their first post-vaccination hug. Me? I hugged a volunteer. I’ve worked in-person with volunteers throughout the…...

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March 2021 Volunteers of the Month – Our Partners

A lot of good work has been done in the last year by Pasadena Educational Foundation for our community. Yet, we couldn’t have done it without the dedicated support of our partners. Together we’ve helped Pasadena Unified School District families in new and countless ways – from serving meals and…...

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Doing Good Work Together: Tournament of Roses

It was 1936 – the height of the Great Depression. Fordham University senior football player, Vince Lombardi, was having a rough season. Several of his teeth were knocked out in a game against Pitt; a game that ended in a tie. An unexpected loss to NYU erased all dreams of…...

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Celebrating Community Wins: A Spotlight on PUSD’s African-American Parent Council

The African-American Parent Council (AAPC) has been a Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) school board chartered parent group since 2010. The council works to offer solutions to close the achievement and opportunity gap between students and support students’ academic achievement. Fueled purely by their sheer passion, the AAPC has launched…...

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Gardens Are For Learning

How many Zoom meetings have we attended over the last year with messy hair and unruly eyebrows? Being locked inside isn’t good for personal maintenance. But did you realize the same overgrowth was happening outside… in our school gardens? With no one to look after their beds, weeds have grabbed…...

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Storytime to Delight: Read Across Pasadena 2021

Nothing has the power to lift spirits and open minds like great stories. And Read Across Pasadena 2021 was full of wonderful stories, opened minds, and lifted souls. This annual celebration of reading is something both students and readers look forward to each year – a dedicated storytime to delight…...

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An Intergenerational Win-Win

Each summer, high schoolers volunteer us as classroom aides in our much-loved summer program – our Summer Youth Leaders. They expand their skill sets, enjoy time with the younger kids, and have fun with fellow volunteers. It’s an immersive way to learn professionalism and build key soft skills while giving…...

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February 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Ann Lange

“I came to PEF when everything shut down… I was looking for another way to support the public school community and do something purposeful.” – Ann Lange Ann Lange moved to Pasadena with her husband in December of 2019 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A mother of three and a grandmother of…...

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C is for Cookies and Clinic Workers

“I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.” – Martha Stewart Greenleaf Chop Shop takes its job seriously –  that’s why they make such delicious fresh food. So when…...

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