Pasadena, CA - A group of Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) teachers checked off some important items from their wish lists last night. The Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) awarded this year's PEF Teacher Grants on Wednesday, January 22, at a reception at the Western Justice Center in Pasadena. A total of $50,000 in grants were awarded to 86 PUSD teachers and principals, representing 57 outstanding proposals. The grants, awarded yearly, will benefit thousands of students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.
DNA kits, sheet music, and California native plants for an outdoor classroom are just a few of the supplies that this year's PEF Teacher Grants will purchase to support a diverse and vibrant selection of educational projects. The Pasadena Educational Foundation has been awarding teachers in PUSD grants to help fund classroom supplies and instructional materials for more than 40 years.
"The goal of the PEF Teacher Grant Program is to promote the development of educational activities that will improve and enhance student achievement," said PEF Executive Director, Patrick Conyers. "This year, like every year, I am awed by the creativity and passion that our district's teachers share in these proposals."
A full list of 2013-14 PEF Teacher Grants can be found online at: http://www.pasedfoundation.org/teachers/teacher-grant-program/2014grants/
A special award, the Jarratt Brunson Award, was presented to teacher Kaiulani Sallas and Principal Amin Oria from Jefferson Elementary School. This newly established award is named in honor of Jarratt Brunson one of the founders of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and responsible for initiating the PEF Teacher Grant Program. The award is presented to the proposal that best reflects Jarratt's passion for reading and early literacy.
"It is my desire; to not only teach these students how to read, but to instill in them a love for books," said Kaiulani Sallas. "Mr. Brunson was my principal at Jefferson Elementary. Even at the young age of five, I was well aware that this was an amazing human being. His love for the school permeated every aspect at Jefferson; from singing our Alma Mater to the strong ethics he instilled in each of us. He exemplified all that a principal of a school should be."
PEF Teacher Grant projects must be student centered, related to the curriculum, and must demonstrably benefit students and enhance and improve student achievement. Funding for the grants is made possible by individual donor contributions to the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
[Pasadena Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that advocates for public education, engages the community, and develops resources to support excellent education for every Pasadena Unified School District student.]
[The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) serves pre-K to 12th grade students in a 76-square mile area that includes the communities of Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County. Pasadena Unified School District provides a caring, engaging and challenging educational experience for every student every day.]
- PEF Teacher Grants: http://www.pasedfoundation.org/teachers/teacher-grant-program/2014grants.
- Pasadena Educational Foundation: http://pasedfoundation.org.
- Pasadena Unified School District: http://pusd.us.