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Read about the many ways our community helps the Pasadena Educational Foundation make an impact on the lives of every student, at every school, every day.

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Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism – and, even fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.…

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The Nancy Scott Scholarship for Blair High School

Pasadena Unified School District counselor Karen Favor has been at Blair High School almost since she started working for the district in 1983. She’s been a involved in all aspects…

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Building Bridges and Championing Art in Our Community

Recently Blair High School’s International Academy students studied with writer/visual artist Sehba Sarwar about the history of immigrant communities and race issues in the Pasadena area. Their studies culminated in…

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From Loofahs to Prolific Fruit Trees: Growing Willard’s Orchard

By Brianna Chu PUSD Master Gardener Jill McArthur had harvested about 70 loofahs from a vine at Pasadena High School and was trying to figure out what to do with…

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Teacher Grant Workshop Helps Prepare Teachers

The Teacher Grant program is one of PEF’s signature programs that has supported PUSD teachers and administrators for 50 years. The goal of our Teacher Grant Program is to help…

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TOR Celebrates Big Day for Teachers with Award to Julie Silk

One of the great things about working at PEF, is also working with great partners. Two of those great partners are the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the College Playoff…

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Celebrating International Literacy Day with Donation of 14,000 New Books

Pasadena Tournament of Roses and PEF Kick off Distribution of  Books Donated by The UPS Store Efforts emphasize importance of literacy on International Literacy Day PASADENA, Calif. (September 8,2021) –Today,…

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Teacher Grant Flashback: Coding for Every Age with the First Graders of Sierra Madre Elementary

by Brianna Chu As the 2021-2022 school year begins back on campus, our wonderful PUSD teachers are heading back into the classroom to innovate, create, and inspire. To celebrate our…

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Local Grocery Stores Help PEF Nourish our Neighbors

Local Albertsons, Pavilions, and Vons Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief program provided PEF a $15,000 grant to support summer meals for PUSD students. PEF continued to help provide food assistance…

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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…

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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…

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The LIFT Scholarship Launches in 2021 to Celebrate Young Latina Leaders

by Brianna Chu Marshall parent Katrina Ortega is no stranger to creating a scholarship with the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Last year, she and her husband Martin established the Hopes and…

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A Healthy Kick-off to the School Year

Thank you to California Credit Union and Kaiser Foundation for joining with PEF to make the start of the school year brighter for PUSD teachers and staff by sponsoring this…

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Teacher Grant Flashback: A Butterfly Paradise at Jefferson Elementary School

by Brianna Chu As the 2021-2022 school year begins back on campus, our wonderful PUSD teachers are heading back into the classroom to innovate, create, and inspire. To celebrate our…

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Teacher Grant Flashback: You Can’t Stop the Prints for Hairspray at Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

by Brianna Chu As the 2021-2022 school year begins back on campus, our wonderful PUSD teachers are heading back into the classroom to innovate, create, and inspire. To celebrate our…

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2021: A Summer like no other!

The 2021 PEF Summer Enrichment Program was a summer like no other! For our 18th year of offering the program we were able to offer in-person programming once again. While…

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PEF Honored as PUSD Community Partner of the Year

The staff and board of PEF are truly honored to be selected as PUSD’s Community Partner of the Year! This past year has been the most challenging in our 50…

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PUSD Teachers & Staff Prepare for New School Year

Ever wonder how teachers get ready for school? To be sure, lesson planning and classroom prepping is required, but did you know that teachers go to class, too? This week…

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2021 Scholarship Celebration

We are thrilled to have been able to give over $80,000 in scholarships during the 2020-2021 school year. The following are the fantastic recipients from each school: Blair High School…

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Madison Academy – The Perfect Recipe for Learning

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s “Madison Academy” was summer learning at its finest. By offering academics taught in engaging ways to imbue foundational concepts and art to empower expanding minds, students were…

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