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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 Receives $10,000 PCF Emergency Response Grant

Thank you Pasadena Community Foundation for providing COVID-19 Response grants to support our Pasadena Unified School District students and families experiencing extreme hardship from the economic, social, and physical impact…

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PFAR Giving Supports PEF Response Fund

Thank you Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® ! On Thursday, May 14, the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® unveiled PFAR Giving, an initiative centered on investing in the community. Partnering with the Pasadena…

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Celebrating our Teachers with UTP and Chiquita Bonita

May 13, 2020, is California’s Day of the Teacher and this year’s theme is California Teachers: Inspiring Generations. Whether in person or at a distance during the global pandemic, the…

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App Academy Students Visualize Sound & Create Interactive VR Scenes

Our App Academy freshman and sophomore students have been busy since they started distance learning. The App Academy is a four-year computer science pathway program at Pasadena High School made…

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Innovating to Protect Critical Workers and Volunteers

[Article courtesy Pasadena NOW] 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…

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Teacher Appreciation Spotlight – Madison Elementary

By Noemi Orduña, Principal – James Madison Elementary Madison Elementary School has a dedicated and talented teaching staff—a true Family of Learners, Growing together! Each teacher brings their unique gifts…

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Teacher Appreciation Spotlight – Altadena Arts Magnet

By Benita Scheckel, Principal – Altadena Arts Magnet Altadena Arts Magnet is the premiere arts and French dual language immersion elementary school in the San Gabriel Valley. One of our…

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A Summer Enrichment Program Message

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the current shelter-in-place order, we unfortunately will not be able to hold our traditional, in-person Summer Enrichment Program this year. With your important…

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Salute to PUSD Food Services & Chick-fil-A

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Most of us are staying at home and cooking more, much more than we may like…. me included. Dishpan, “wash…

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Celebrating Our Volunteers

Volunteer Spotlights National Volunteer Week 2020 National Volunteer Week 2020 feels particularly important this year. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate the compassion and generosity of so many of…

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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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