News provided by SPEF
Beginning Tuesday, October 11, volunteers with SPEF (the South Pasadena Educational Foundation) will make phone calls to families in the South Pasadena Unified School District for SPEF’s annual Fall Fund Drive. The Fall Fund Drive is a crucial source of fundraising for SPUSD to help bridge the gap between what the district receives from the state and what it costs to provide a top-notch education to over 5,000 students.
Every year SPEF aims to provide SPUSD with over $600,000 in funds that go towards STEM, art, and physical education programs; high school elective tracks, including an enhanced college-level Broadcast Journalism program; books and materials for libraries and classrooms; anti-bias training for teachers and students; and, new this year, $100,000 in direct Teacher Grants, up from $50,000 in previous years.
Founded in 1979, SPEF has steadfastly supported South Pasadena’s public education and helped bring our community together with events like Food For Thought, Parti Gras, and 5th Grade Musical, as well as provided Summer School and afterschool enrichment classes.
SPEF counts on generous support from the community to help maintain South Pasadena’s National Blue Ribbon-awarded schools. Fall Fund Drive features the annual tradition of “painting the town orange” in mid-November, where every household that contributes will be thanked with a yard sign. The Fall appeal continues through December, and donations can be made at www.spef4kids.com/donate.