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Our Stories: Making an Impact Everyday

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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.

Inspiring Moments and Community Spirit at PEF’s IMAGINE 2024

The Pasadena Educational Foundation hosted its annual Celebrating Our Schools event on May 7, 2024, at the historic Pasadena City Hall Courtyard. Aptly named “IMAGINE 2024,” the festive evening was…

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Students Overnight trip to Manzanar to learn about Japanese Americans During WWII

By Sehba Sarwar On a cold Monday morning in mid-April, 18 Blair High School and Pasadena High School students alongside seven adults boarded a charter bus out of Pasadena for…

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Creating Seeds of Learning: Muir’s Farm Lab

  On Earth Day 2024, the Pasadena Unified School District held a dedication ceremony and celebration to relaunch the garden at John Muir Early College Magnet. The celebration recognized the…

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PEF Participates in Greater Los Angeles Education Summit

The Pasadena Educational Foundation was proud to take part in the Los Angeles County Philanthropy Summit for Public Education hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation on Tuesday, April…

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Celebrating PUSD’s Visionaries at the No Boundaries Reception

The Pasadena Educational Foundation hosted a reception at No Boundaries 19, the all-district art exhibition featuring a stunning array of artworks from across all PUSD schools. This year’s exhibition, created…

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PEF Powers SMMS Robotics Field Trip to Caltech

Sierra Madre Middle School Robotics students attended the 38th annual ME72 robotics competition on Beckman Mall at Caltech . The event is the culmination of a mechanical engineering course in…

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PUSD Getting Ready to Welcome Student Assembly and Council Members

PUSD’s Student Think Tank has been working with district administrators and the Board of Education to create opportunities for student representatives from high school campuses to serve as Council members…

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A Gift and an Inspiration to Me

— Banner photo of Liliana Valenzuela with student-teachers, DLIP instructor Jesus Cobian, PUSD administrator Jose Ortega, and PEF Student Engagement Manager, Sehba Sarwar; all photos by Kayte Deioma

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A Hand Up: Families in Transition’s Winterfest

Socorro Naranja Rocha knows what it’s like to be new to this country and poor. Born in a small town in Mexico, her mother passed away just before Christmas when…

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The Necessity of Student Voice

By Gabrielle Trujillo, 17 (she/her) Pasadena High School ‘24 On August 3rd, the majority of PUSD students were dreading the end of summer, and bracing for the start of a…

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The Essence of the Season: Holiday Giving Shows Value

This holiday season, the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) has brought joy and reinforced community through offering holiday support to Families in Transition (FIT) and Pasadena Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders…

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More Than A Place of Instruction – Marshall Fundamental Hosts PEF Board

What better way to stay informed about the innovative learning taking place in our Pasadena public schools than to visit them! This week the Pasadena Educational Foundation held its Board…

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Tacos, Tuesday, & Thanks – A Trifecta of Gratitude for PUSD Staff

Taco Tuesday was in full force yesterday at the Pasadena Unified School District Ed Center when the Pasadena Educational Foundation treated administration and facilities staff to this quintessential meal. “Thanks…

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