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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.

Learning Kits Support Summer Learning

Recently Pasadena Educational Foundation volunteers and board members helped assemble and distribute learning kits to our Summer Enrichment Program students. PEF was forced to cancel our much-loved, in-person summer enrichment…

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A Renewed Commitment to Education, Equality, & Safety

The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have shocked everyone with a conscience. Moreover, the disturbing, brutal responses to protestors by some federal, state, and local law…

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Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2020

Celebrating the Manwani Family Scholarship in 2020 by Brianna Chu In its second year, the Manwani Family Scholarship is a scholarship specifically for Marshall Fundamental graduates, created by Marshall alumnus…

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LA84 Foundation and Pasadena Educational Foundation Keep PUSD Students Healthy and Active

The LA84 Foundation, in partnership with the Pasadena Educational Foundation, brought its #StayActiveStayStrong program to students in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). The #StayActiveStayStrong program encourages healthy activities for…

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Celebrating the Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020

Celebrating the Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship in 2020 by Brianna Chu The Norman Schmidt Visual Arts Scholarship is named after the beloved Director of Art and art teacher, recognized…

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PEF 3D Printing Workshop: An Impromptu Video Tour

Tony Gordo, our Programs Coordinator and now 3D Printing Manager was at our 3D Printing Design Workshop at John Muir Early College Magnet High School and gave us an impromptu…

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#PUSDproud – Picking Up Good Vibrations

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo | PEF Volunteer & Engagement Manager Pasadena Educational Foundation has been working hard to launch new initiatives to keep our community connected and help high school…

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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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