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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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Sylvio Montoya

Volunteer Week Spotlights: Sylvia Vega | Val Zavala | Community Groups by Brianna Chu Silvio Montoya has been a familiar face at Don Benito Fundamental School and Field Elementary School for…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Celebrating Our Community Groups

Volunteer Week Spotlights: Sylvia Vega | Val Zavala | Felita Kealing | Community Groups  |Sylvio Montoya By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager My great-grandmother Ruth was a…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Felita Kealing

Volunteer Week Spotlights: Sylvia Vega | Val Zavala | Felita Kealing | Community Groups  |Sylvio Montoya by Brianna Chu The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) is led by a diverse group of…

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PUSD Grab & Go Meals with Val Zavala

Volunteer Week Spotlights: Sylvia Vega | Val Zavala | Felita Kealing | Community Groups  |Sylvio Montoya Our friend, anchor, producer and award-winning journalist, Val Zavala volunteered with the Pasadena Educational Foundation…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Sylvia Vega

Volunteer Week Spotlights: Sylvia Vega | Val Zavala | Felita Kealing | Community Groups  |Sylvio Montoya by Brianna Chu While Sylvia Vega has had a varied career, the connecting factor has…

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Focusing our Efforts on the Immediate Needs of Our Community

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s annual Celebrating Our Schools event will be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. PEF’s Board of Directors and staff have decided instead to focus our efforts…

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A Message to our Summer Enrichment Program Parents

We recognize that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation in our community and around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone. The Pasadena Educational Foundation has been committed…

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Blazing It Forward – Taking Care of Each Other

Once again, our country has been reminded that heroes come in many forms. Many wear makeshift masks, sterile gloves, and protective gear. Did you know that others wear aprons and…

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A message from PEF on our COVID-19 Response

Greetings from your friends at the Pasadena Educational Foundation. As you are certainly aware, beginning today, Pasadena Unified schools have been closed for instruction, and students are at home, continuing…

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Volunteers Turn the Page As They Read Across Pasadena 2020

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager Last week volunteers shared some of their favorite childhood friends with PUSD elementary students. I was thrilled to get to be…

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Realtors! Become a PUSD Expert. Next Realtor Certification Course – April 22

Recognizing the enormously important role realtors play in influencing the community’s view of our public schools, the Pasadena Educational Foundation works collaboratively with area realtors, Pasadena Education Network (PEN), and…

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Teacher Grants Spotlight: Nurturing Communication Skills with STEM and Storytelling

by Brianna Chu Technology can be used for many different purposes, not just scientific ones. Washington Elementary STEM Magnet third grade teacher, Janice Sandberg, thought it would be great for…

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Teacher Grants: Chemistry in Action at Pasadena High School

by Brianna Chu Pasadena High School chemistry teacher Roger Baar wanted a way to physically demonstrate an essential technique in chemistry – determining melting points of elements – to his…

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Teacher Grants: Adventures in 2D and 3D Art Techniques

by Brianna Chu Art instructor Violeta Lerma wanted to branch out into different art media with her students, so she introduced watercolor Impressionism and basket weaving into her curriculum with…

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A Dynamite Performance

by Frances Chiang Dayman PEF Board of Directors What a privilege it was to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve at Field Elementary Mandarin Dual Language Immersion School. 100+ parents and…

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Teacher Grants: Reading Matter(s)

Reading Matter(s) with La Libreria and the Blair Dual Language Immersion Program by Brianna Chu The value of books and reading is never underestimated by teachers, and their impact on…

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Teacher Grants: Raising Rainbow Trout for Project STREAM

Reconnecting an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the systems of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them. by Brianna Chu At Sierra Madre Middle School, science teacher Ravi Dev…

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with the Center for Student and Family Services

by Brianna Chu Christmas is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year, but can also serve as a source of stress for struggling families, especially concerning presents.…

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PEF Awards $200,000 to PUSD Teachers & Principals

The Pasadena Educational Foundation was founded in 1971 by the late teacher Jarratt Brunson to support Pasadena Unified School District schools. Jarratt wanted to dole out grants to community educators…

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PFAR Celebrates Giving Tuesday with PEF and PEN Check Presentations

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS®! On Tuesday, December 3, aka Giving Tuesday, PFAR presented the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Pasadena Education Network a donation for our partnership in the…

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