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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.

Upgrading School Gardens with Pasadena Junior League and Pasadena NCL

Gardens serve many purposes. They teach us about nature, science, inform us about the food on our tables, and help us understand the importance of consistency and a strong work…

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Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2021

In its third year, the Manwani Family Scholarship is a scholarship specifically for Marshall Fundamental graduates, created by Marshall alumnus Bhart Manwani. Mr. Manwani and his older brother attended Don…

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April-May 2021 Volunteers of the Month – Vaccination Volunteers

Volunteers have supported our school community in a myriad of ways over that last year and in ways we never expected. From distributing food to school supplies, they have met…

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The Little Mermaid Jr. Premieres at Altadena Arts Magnet School

The students at Altadena Arts Magnet School had spent their 2019-2020 school year preparing and rehearsing for the much-anticipated musical, The Little Mermaid Jr., when the pandemic forced the world…

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The Pasadena All Star Band Takes Off!

By Brianna Chu Of course, the pandemic put a pause on live performance, but you can now see the Pasadena Unified All Star Band from your home! A music video,…

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PEF Announces Latinas Inspired For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship

The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) announces the launch of the new Latinas Inspired For Tomorrow (LIFT) Scholarship to help at least one Latina student graduating from Pasadena Unified School District…

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Celebrating PEF Volunteers: National Volunteer Week 2021

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo, PEF Community Engagement & Volunteer Manager Last week the Los Angeles Times published an article about how hugs are making a comeback post-vaccinations. In the piece,…

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March 2021 Volunteers of the Month – Our Partners

A lot of good work has been done in the last year by Pasadena Educational Foundation for our community. Yet, we couldn’t have done it without the dedicated support of…

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Activating Face Shields!

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 Pasadena Unified (PUSD) to…

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Doing Good Work Together: Tournament of Roses

It was 1936 – the height of the Great Depression. Fordham University senior football player, Vince Lombardi, was having a rough season. Several of his teeth were knocked out in…

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Honoring Our Director of Development, Angela Parris

From all of us at PEF—thank you, Angela, for the years of passion and dedication to the betterment of our PUSD schools and the uplifting of the many students who…

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Celebrating Community Wins: A Spotlight on PUSD’s African-American Parent Council

The African-American Parent Council (AAPC) has been a Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) school board chartered parent group since 2010. The council works to offer solutions to close the achievement…

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Gardens Are For Learning

How many Zoom meetings have we attended over the last year with messy hair and unruly eyebrows? Being locked inside isn’t good for personal maintenance. But did you realize the…

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Storytime to Delight: Read Across Pasadena 2021

Nothing has the power to lift spirits and open minds like great stories. And Read Across Pasadena 2021 was full of wonderful stories, opened minds, and lifted souls. This annual…

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An Intergenerational Win-Win

Each summer, high schoolers volunteer us as classroom aides in our much-loved summer program – our Summer Youth Leaders. They expand their skill sets, enjoy time with the younger kids,…

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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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