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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.

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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A video message of gratitude from the PEF staff

We are so proud of all the work that we do at the Pasadena Educational Foundation, but know we can only do it with the support from our generous community.…

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2,000 Volunteer Hours in 2020 – Extraordinary Work

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager We had no idea how much would be asked of Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers in 2020. Our community needs changed…

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Community Champions – PUSD Arts & Theatre Artist Jessica Winward

Job losses due to the coronavirus stay at home orders have far-reaching impacts. According to a recent study by the Brookings Institute, creative occupations in the fine and performing arts…

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Our Community’s Generosity Has Strengthened and Inspired Us

Thank you! Our heartfelt thanks to our community for your support and all that you have made possible for our Pasadena Unified students and teachers. Throughout this challenging time, the…

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COVID-19 Relief Made Possible by the Pasadena Community Foundation

From the onset of COVID-19, the Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF) swiftly moved to support and uplift the Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) and the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), providing generous…

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Video: Teachers’ Share Challenges & Victories During Remote Learning

“Public education has always been the great equalizer. It is an essential component to our country’s past successes and enduring idealism. Every student deserves access to high-quality, well-funded public education.”…

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Supporting Community Through Volunteering & Leadership: Felicia Williams

Former Pasadena Educational Foundation board member Felicia Williams begins her tenure as District 2 representative on the Pasadena City Council this week. Felicia holds a B.A. from Stanford University in…

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Teacher Grant Photo Gallery 2020

We Celebrated Our Teacher Grants with a Parade Our amazing 2020-21 PEF Teacher Grant winners decorated their cars and received their awards at the first-ever teacher celebratory parade in front…

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Imagine Being a Teacher

Dear PEF friends and supporters, Imagine being a teacher trying to teach kindergartners their ABCs only on video. Or teaching music without instruments. Imagine being a student trying to do…

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Media Release: PEF Presents $140,000 in Grants to PUSD Teachers at Parade Celebration

Pasadena Educational Foundation Presents $140,000 in Grants to Pasadena Unified School District Teachers at Parade Celebration More than 100 teachers joined the parade in decorated cars to receive their awards.…

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