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Volunteers

Keeping Students In School Requires Community Help

To support our public schools in this time of unprecedented safety measures, Pasadena Educational Foundation has been asked to support the Pasadena Unified School District’s efforts to test and vaccinate its students and staff for COVID-19. PUSD school board members have voted to require weekly COVID-19 testing for all students…...

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Heeding the Call – August 2021 Volunteers of the Month

During the first part of the month, Pasadena Educational Foundation put out an SOS for volunteer help. We needed to assemble welcome packs for Pasadena Unified School District teachers. The district warehouse required additional workers to get books labeled and boxed for delivery to students as quickly as possible. And…...

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Thank You 2021 Summer Youth Leaders – June/July Volunteers of the Month

Thank you to the more than 75 high school and college students who joined us this summer to assist teachers and students in our 2021 Summer Enrichment Program. Our dedicated Summer Youth Leaders volunteered an incredible amount of time and energy. They were a key to making our in-person program…...

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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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April-May 2021 Volunteers of the Month – Vaccination Volunteers

Volunteers have supported our school community in a myriad of ways over that last year and in ways we never expected. From distributing food to school supplies, they have met the vital needs of our neighbors and friends. However, none of these needs may be as important as helping our…...

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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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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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