Food For Thought – September 28


It is less than a month away so start planning out your day! Our local restaurants have agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds for the day back to SPEF. This money will go towards supporting the educational excellence in our South Pasadena schools.

Make sure to take a photo of you, friends, and family as you’re out there, and don’t forget to tag SPEF4kids in the photo – we want to see your out and about having fun ALL DAY!

Click here to see what restaurants are joining us in our cause. 



Fall Fund Drive 2022-2023

A gift to SPEF will benefit students at all five South Pasadena public schools. SPEF’s annual fall fund drive, happening again this year, is a convenient way for you to help all students in the school district.

In October, every family in the district will receive a fundraising phone call, unless you have already given, and a follow-up email from a SPEF volunteer.

In November, we will show our thanks by placing our lively orange-and-black yard signs all over town. Please join us; any amount you can give is welcome. We can’t do this without you.

Find out more here. 

Google Expedition Virtual Reality – Parti Gras Paddle Raise

Gone are the old days of just looking at boring pictures in a book – that is so 1980’s!  What better way to learn about the Egyptian pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef or the Taj Mahal than actually going there?  Google Expeditions takes our tech-savvy students of the 21st century beyond mere video clips to an immersive curricular experience.  The teacher acts as a guide and leads explorers using 360-degree and interactive 3D images while students wear special virtual reality goggles, allowing the students to be actively engaged in their learning rather than passively reading from a textbook or following a PowerPoint presentation.

For the past two years, Google Expeditions has been used in classrooms across the country to extend learning and help students experience the world in new ways. They can take over 700 virtual field trips all over the world, gain exposure to new career paths and learn about social impact initiatives happening around the globe.  Science teachers can bring cells to life in Inside A Cell, while counselors can help students visit colleges or go on career expeditions by walking in the footsteps of those that do the job.  Students can also be a part of history by walking the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail or be among those fighting for a woman’s right to vote in the Women’s Suffrage in the United States expedition.

Immersion virtual reality is the next frontier in education, and thanks to the generous donations made during the 2018 Parti Gras Paddle, SPEF was able to purchase virtual reality goggles for the students of South Pasadena!

SPEF Food For Thought 2018- Thank You!

SPEF‘s Food for Thought fundraiser on Oct. 17 was a great success — for local restaurants, diners and our school district. Parents and community members turned out in impressive numbers to enthusiastically drink and eat their way through town from early morning to late evening, all in support of our schools and our kids.
“We could not have done it without the 24 local restaurants and tea shops that participated this year, as well as the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce,” said Larry Abelson, who co-chaired the Food for Thought effort this year with Alex Kung, adding, “A huge thank you to all of them for their partnership and support.”
Our local eateries were excited to see all those parents and kids come out to support the cause, so it looks like we will have some exciting food and beverage additions to Parti Gras 2019! Food for Thought is proving to be a win-win-win: a great way to energize our town, drive business to our local restaurants, and raise money for excellence and innovation in our schools.