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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.

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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Thank you! Your support comes in many ways.

As we enter this season of thanks, we want to extend our gratitude to the community for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation. We know great schools don’t just happen. Your…

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Volunteers – The Engine Behind So Much Good Work

There’s a new Fred Rogers movie coming out soon starring Tom Hanks as the most likable man in America. Not sure this requires a great deal of acting on Mr.…

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Exploring Our Schools. Celebrating Our 14th Annual Principal for a Day

Pasadena Educational Foundation celebrated our 14th annual Principal for a Day event with 33 extraordinary community members serving as guest principals at each of our unique Pasadena Unified School District…

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Chess – For The Fun Of It

It’s so much easier to do something you find fun. Teachers know this. It’s why they spend hours compiling lesson plans for students, trying their best to include engaging tasks…

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Back to School Fundraising Kicks Off with Annual Fund Breakfasts

The Pasadena Educational Foundation holds 27 annual fund accounts for Pasadena Unified School District schools, which allows parents and principals to raise money for their school’s greatest needs and highest…

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Thank You TIAA’s Pasadena Office!

Thank you to TIAA’s Pasadena Office for supporting the Pasadena Educational Foundation and Blair Middle School! As part of TIAA’s Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, the Pasadena office partnered with the…

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A Day of Sportsmanship and Learning

What else compares to the love we have for sport? We make role models of modern day gladiators, young and, well… middle-aged, who sweat and toil on the fields of…

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Learning Skills to Flourish in the Modern Economy

Ever heard the term “soft skills”? It doesn’t come in a cone from Dairy Queen. Soft skills are capabilities such as critical thinking, teamwork, and work ethic which enable a…

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Celebrate the Grand Reopening of John Muir Early College Magnet

“The renovations at John Muir are a symbol of our proud Mustang traditions and our promising future” —John Muir Principal Dr. Lawton Gray III. Come to the John Muir High…

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School Gardens Don’t Go on Summer Vacation

by Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator School gardens don’t go on summer vacation; they go into high gear. But who takes care of the 19 school gardens while…

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