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PEF Honored as PUSD Community Partner of the Year

The staff and board of PEF are truly honored to be selected as PUSD’s Community Partner of the Year!

This past year has been the most challenging in our 50 year history. We are tremendously proud of our work, our PUSD colleagues, and our community of supporters. Your support of PEF takes many forms—you may volunteer at a school, participate in one of our activities, sponsor an event, follow us on social media, share our stories of success, or give a gift.

We are grateful to all who support  PEF and our PUSD schools!

As we enter our 50th year we are committed to continuing to work alongside our district to achieve equity and excellence in our public schools.

Thank you!

Community Partner of the Year: The Pasadena Educational Foundation

Every year, the Pasadena Unified School District honors individuals or organizations who are making significant contributions to the PUSD community.

For nearly 50 years, the Pasadena Educational Foundation has helped raise millions of dollars to support and strengthen Pasadena Unified schools. The Foundation has been instrumental in incubating some of PUSD’s signature innovative programs such as Dual Language, the Math Academy, Arts Education, and much more. When the pandemic began and school buildings closed, the Pasadena Educational Foundation stepped up immediately to support students, staff, and families.

The Foundation became an essential partner in PUSD’s COVID response. The Foundation became an essential partner in PUSD’s COVID response. During the year of distance learning, PEF volunteers worked alongside district food service to provide more than 3 million meals for children and families. They supported the district’s vaccination clinics and provided essential equipment. To help prepare our students to reintegrate back into in-person learning, PEF provided its summer program free of charge to hundreds of PUSD students.

This award recognizes PEF’s exceptional support not only in the last year — but for nearly 50 years.

Watch the video presentation here!