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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.

PEF Announces Latinas Inspired For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship

The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) announces the launch of the new Latinas Inspired For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship to help at least one Latina student graduating from Pasadena Unified School District…

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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,…

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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…

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Activating Face Shields!

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…

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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…

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Honoring Our Director of Development, Angela Parris

From all of us at PEF—thank you, Angela, for the years of passion and dedication to the betterment of our PUSD schools and the uplifting of the many students who…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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.” –…

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PEF Board Member Del Lile Receives PFAR’s 2020 Humanitarian of the Year Award

“I have been involved in public education in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre through the PEF. I find this work to be very rewarding. In 2020, I think we really…

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A Delicious Thank You for Vaccination Workers

Blaze Pizza made a generous donation of 30 pizzas to Pasadena Unified School District vaccination clinic workers and volunteers last week. PUSD healthcare professionals were assisted by PUSD non-teaching employees…

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Seasonal Produce Distributed to PUSD Families

Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers helped distribute 420 boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables to area families this week. Tangerines, apples, onions, and potatoes –  all in-season produce – was distributed…

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Toys That Meet Unique Learning Needs

“Thank you for these much needed supplies!” – Romy Cisneros, PreK SAI at Webster Elementary Thanks to a generous gift from a private donor and a grant by Pasadena Educational…

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Helping Students Explore The World Through Reading

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”  – Martin Luther King…

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Helping PUSD Get Back On Campus – Altadena Grocery Outlet

Thank you to the Altadena Grocery Outlet for supporting Pasadena Unified School District staff Covid-19 vaccination clinics! “Many of our customers’ children attend Pasadena Unified School District schools, especially Eliot…

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January 2021 Volunteer of the Month: Susan Baranich

“I feel strongly we build our communities by serving the children in our communities,” Susan says. “If you want to support the kids, you must support the schools. Pasadena Educational…

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More than Warm Wishes – Curbside Holiday Meals

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | Volunteer & Engagement Manager The holidays come with countless expectations – from family gatherings to shiny gifts to office parties. This year our expectations were…

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