SPEF Presents Record-Breaking Donation to South Pasadena Unified School District

           SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (SEPTEMBER 15, 2023) -- The South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF) presented a record-breaking $964,000 to South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) at the school board meeting on September 12, 2023. Teachers and administrators gave a standing ovation during SPEF's "big check" presentation, which celebrated a year's worth of fundraising efforts from the community to bolster education at SPUSD's five public schools.

            While SPEF raises well over half a million dollars annually, the 2022-23 school year shattered records with the help of its signature programs, Fall Fund Drive and Parti Gras, as well as strong SPEF Summer School enrollment.
            "This check is a tangible reflection of the effort and time by the SPEF Board, our Parti Gras volunteers, the dedicated investment of our circle (this community), and the passion, work, and mission of SPEF," said SPEF's President Emilia Aldana, when presenting the check to the SPUSD School Board on Tuesday night. "We are pleased and proud to present this gift to our district, and so grateful for their stewardship of these funds in paving the dynamic pathways to the future for the students of our public schools." 

            SPEF's donation to SPUSD included $130,000 in Teacher Direct Grants that funded a wide range of projects in individual classrooms. Additionally, $150,000 was earmarked for Major Grants, which helped provide a new theater lighting system at SPHS and a high-tech Anatomage table that will allow high school biology, biomedicine, and sports medicine students to explore 3D human anatomy. The sum also included unrestricted funds to maintain ongoing programs throughout the district.

            This school year, SPEF hopes to cross the unprecedented $1 million fundraising threshold in order to help every student thrive. The 2023-2024 Fall Fund Drive is already underway, with phone and text banks in October and orange yard signs adorning the town in November. SPEF's upcoming Food For Thought dine-out fundraiser will take place on September 27. Ongoing afterschool programs, this winter's Fifth Grade Musical, Summer School registration in spring, and the annual May spectacular, Parti Gras, round out some of the many ways the community's dollars go towards funding enhancements in education. To learn more about what SPEF does and to donate toward this year's goal, visit www.spef4kids.org.
About South Pasadena Unified School District
Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation for providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.

For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, [email protected].