Fall Fund Drive 2021

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. 

CYRM Program

California Young Reader Medal

Over the fall, our Teacher Direct Grants committee awarded each of our three elementary librarians a grant to run their schools’ annual California Young Reader Medal program. The librarians are working with teachers to read each class. Students eventually will vote on their favorite book.

The California Young Reader Medal program, established in 1974, introduces young readers in California to a variety of book genres and formats, gives them an opportunity to honor their favorite books and authors and develops and cultivates a love of recreational reading.





Ms. Blum at MHS      Ms. Becker at MAR       Ms. Baydaline at AV






2020-2021 SPEF Board Applications

20-21 Board App Cover Letter

Board Application 20-21_Fillable

A Little About SPEF

SPEF Board applications are open for the 2020-2021 school year. If you want to make a positive impact on all five schools in South Pasadena then this is where you belong! SPEF provides the funds to enable the district to offer educational enrichment opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.  SPEF works with the community to raise funds through parent contributions, business donations, foundation and private grants, and events like Parti Gras.  SPEF also raises money through the operation of enrichment programs such as  K-12 Summer School, Summer Camps, Afterschool, and 5th Grade Musical.

The volunteer working board of directors is composed of parents, business people and community leaders. Board members work year round to create and execute fundraising plans. Since its inception in 1979, SPEF has given funds to the district in the form of ongoing grants for specific programs and curriculum innovations, as well as one-time grants such as for 2015 “Train Your Brain” program and the funding used to  start the Biomedical, Computer Science, and Engineering pathways at SPHS.

Applications Are Due by February 19, 2020

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Board Member Cynthia Ho with her family.

This Sunday, SPEF elves will scamper across town planting large orange thank-you notes in the lawns of everyone who contributed to this year’s Fall Fund Drive. And it’ll take our full crew of elves because over 1,500 of you stepped up with donations from the start of the school year through last month’s phone banks. That’s a lot of yard signs.

We can’t say this enough: Thanks to each and every one of you! Because of your support, SPEF is able to provide the district hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to invest in the new curriculum, teachers’ innovative projects, technology, equipment, and many other needs not met by the state budget.
There’s still time to contribute and get your sign. Click the Donate button and we will deliver your Yard Sign to you next week to show our thanks for your generosity!