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Thank you to all who support PEF and helped us to accomplish so much for our PUSD schools.

With your help, this year we:

  • Raised millions in grant money for our schools
  • Awarded Teacher Grants to every PUSD school. A total of 112 grants to teachers plus 11 School-wide Grants
  • Renovated the baseball field at Muir High School in partnership with the Dodgers and others
  • Secured a $79,500 NEA Grant to create the performing arts program, Open Stage
  • Provided scholarships to 40% of our Summer Enrichment Program students
  • Led 9,000 students on a cultural and artistic journey through our local world class museums with our My Masterpieces program
  • Supported the 3D Printer Programs in every PUSD school
  • Showcased our tremendously talented young musicians, at Rock 4 PEF, while raising funds for music programs
  • Distributed $63,000 in college scholarships to the Class of 2016
  • Supported each school's Annual Fund
  • Purchased musical instruments including violins for 3rd graders
  • Graduated our first class of computer science students from the four-year App Academy program at PHS
  • Planted edible School Community Gardens creating outdoor classrooms
  • And more...

We are making our schools and our community stronger. We couldn't do it without you!


PEF Teacher Grants


PEF's 2016-17 Teacher Grants more than doubled the amount of grants given with a total $184,000 to 160 Pasadena Unified School District teachers and principals, including 11 School-Wide Grants and 3 special awards. Science labs, iPads for mobile journalism, musical instruments, materials for a STOMP-style musical, expanded libraries, wireless language learning stations, outdoor classrooms with edible gardens and aquaponics, are just a few of the diverse and vibrant educational projects that received grants.

Thanks to support from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation, and the generous support of the community, for the first time in the more than 40 years of the Teacher Grants program, PEF awarded grants funding to every PUSD school. The grants will benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.

Summer Enrichment Program

Reach: The 2015 PEF Summer Enrichment Program reached another 1500 students this summer with unique class offerings like robotics, 3D printing, art studio, Mandarin and Spanish Immersion, and much more.

Student Success: Our Introduction to Kindergarten and First grade classes helped students improve in core competencies with 78% of students increasing in scores, while our English-learners course helped student scores improve by 65%, all over just a 5-week period.

Scholarships: We were able to provide full or partial scholarships to almost 40% of students this summer. The new online registration process was well received with 93% of parents reported that it was helpful.  

My Masterpieces

The My Masterpieces program continued strong in it's 8th year serving over 9,000 students in grades K-8, each with a different local arts and cultural partner. This program involves 11 acclaimed arts organizations and museums, and the collaboration with 400 PUSD teachers.



3D Printers

The Pasadena Educational Foundation is helping to create a new model for teaching innovation in PUSD schools with the introduction of 3D printing technology. This year we were able to provide 3D printers to every school in the district, technical support, printer supplies, and teacher training. Incorporating 3D printers in the schools gives the students the opportunity to get their hands on next-gen technology so they can utilize their creativity and collaboration skills to help them be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

Principal for a Day

Celebrating it’s 11th year, the PEF sponsored Principal for a Day invited an Emmy award winning actress, a rock musician, a former State Attorney General, and many more business and civic leaders invites to explore our vibrant Pasadena Unified School District campuses by shadowing a school principal for a morning.  Principal for a Day is always an enlightening day of inspiration, exploration, and fun as our guest principals explore the challenges, participate in the victories, and share in the joy of being on a school campus.  This year’s event brought more than 30 community members into our schools and featured an Alumni Breakfast.

School Annual Funds

PEF provides fundraising, accounting, and administrative support to every PUSD school's Annual Fund.

This year the Annual Funds were used for items like:

  • Science lab equipment and materials.
  • Music, visual, and arts programs.
  • Library coordinators, computer learning specialists, and Spanish teachers.
  • Playground upgrades, athletic equipment, and field trips.
  • Robotics, STEM, and Arts clubs.
  • Chromebooks, LCD projectors, 3D printer supplies, and educational software.
  • Library books, supplemental teaching supplies, and AP materials.

Additionally, thanks to a generous community matching grant, PEF raised $73,000 in our 2015 Annual Appeal that went directly to help each PUSD school with their immediate needs.

Rock 4 PEF & Battle of the Bands

Supporting music programs in the PUSD through two fantastic events. Mother Nature challenged us with blistering heat for the youth Battle of the Bands and rain for the Rock 4 PEF Benefit Concert but, as they say, the show must go on, and it did.

Battle of the Bands: More than 50 students from 20 different schools in 13 of the best young bands in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre participated in PEF’s youth Battle of the Bands this year. Beginning with an online voting competition and concluding with a live performance at Levitt Pavilion in front of 500 friends, family, fans, a panel of distinguished judges, and guest MC Sugarcult founder and lead guitarist Marko DeSantis. The competition was so tight we had two winners. With an average age of 10, Grey Goo charmed our audience with their unique style and energy. While Not Exactly Monday, all 15-year olds, showcased 4 longtime friends who have studied and played music both separately and together since they were in the 6th grade. Battle of the Bands winners played at Rock 4 PEF.

Rock 4 PEF Benefit Concert: Hundreds of community members, families, PUSD staff, teachers, and friends came out to support music education programs in PUSD and see our incredibly talented artists and guests: Art Alexakis from Everclear, Taylor Mathews, Jacob Davich, Marko DeSantis, and our young Battle of the Bands winners Grey Goo and Not Exactly Monday.



PEF offers technical assistance to the PUSD by coordinating and writing grant applications to government agencies as requested by the PUSD.

Highlights of this year's successful grant applications include:


Well being: Through a Kaiser Thriving School Partnership Grant, Peaceful Playgrounds at Franklin, Madison, Jackson, and Jefferson were installed. Washington will be installed once construction is complete. Fit boards were provided to 5th grade teachers to monitor students physical activity. Implemented Harvest of the Month nutrition education at 7 target schools.

A $75,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation to support the five PUSD Healthy Start Family Centers.

College & Career Readiness:  LINC Pasadena Partnership linking industry to next-gen careers. This two-year grant was created in association with the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Armory Center for the Arts, and Pasadena City College. Amount: $3 million

Internships: Ideal Youth, National Park Service & Los Angeles County program providing students with summer internships.

Physical Fitness: In partnership with CATZ Fitness and Pasadena Child Health Foundation secured a grant to provide more physical education training and programs to the four PUSD elementary schools with the highest current obesity levels.

App Academy at Pasadena High School

In its fifth year and growing! In 2016 we graduated the first class of seniors from the PEF supported comprehensive computer science App Academy Pasadena High School. The program now has more than 160 students enrolled in grades 9-12.

App Academy 2016 highlights include:

  • Program now has three computer science teachers who have refined the computer science curriculum and created projects to stay on the cutting edge of computer science education.
  • The one to one laptop program--that assures each student a laptop computer--now has roughly 475 laptops and 70 tablets for use in the classrooms.
  • The classrooms were redesigned last summer to bring a real-world development environment to our students. Monitors line the walls of the classrooms where students can plug laptops in to do their coding. Tables and chairs replaced traditional student desks to bring a career feel to the classrooms.
  • Computer Science one-day workshops were rolled out for 8th graders in our PUSD middle schools, so that they can get a taste of programming and coding for themselves. Plans to host these for the 6th and 7th graders in Spring 2016 are underway.


PEF supports robotics elective classes throughout PUSD middle schools. Robo Rally 2015, the 6th annual middle school robotics competition, had over 200 students participate in the race, with an all-female team taking the top prize.



PUSD Welcome Back Breakfast
First Choice Festival
Annual Fund Check Presentations
Celebrating our Schools: Spring Event
Summer Opportunities Fair