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Volunteers

Your Vote Counted… For Our Public Schools

Special thanks to all of you who voted in support of Measure O! If there’s a positive that can be taken away from this horrible pandemic, it’s the increased public awareness of the importance of public education and the need to enable access to technology with an eye towards equity.…...

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Grab & Grow Kits Support Science & Art Learning

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Recently Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers helped assemble and distribute seed kits and art books to Pasadena Unified School District third graders. These “Grab & Grow” kits accompanied their plant life cycle lessons during remote learning. Each kit contained a magnifying…...

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Bluebeam Supports PUSD Principals During Remote Learning

“Bluebeam employees were thrilled to create care packages and write encouraging notes for the PUSD principals that have worked tirelessly to serve students and staff during a particularly challenging time. Thank you for all that you do for the Pasadena community!” – Staci Armao, Sr. Employee Experience Manager, Bluebeam, Inc.…...

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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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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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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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Salute to PUSD Food Services & Chick-fil-A

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Most of us are staying at home and cooking more, much more than we may like…. me included. Dishpan, “wash your hands” hands… are not a good look, but at least no one is around to see them. And yet,…...

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