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Fall Fund Drive

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. 

Teacher Direct Grant Application Is Now Open

The Teacher Direct Grant application process is open for the 2023-2024 school year.

Exciting news for this year. The SPEF board has voted to DOUBLE the funding for Teacher Grants again this year to $100,000!

The South Pasadena Educational Foundation offers the Teacher Direct Grant Program to encourage the enhancement and enrichment of educational activities to develop and cultivate student achievement. These grants are provided to help fund innovative activities that have a far-reaching effect. The Teacher Direct Grant Program is in place to further SPEF’s mission to support educational excellence in the public schools of South Pasadena through the operation of enrichment programs.

Teacher Direct Grants

The SPEF board brought back its direct grants program in 2012 as a way to promote teacher- and staff-driven innovation in the classroom. Teachers, counselors, and staff members can receive up to $2,500 per individual or $6,000 for a joint application across a grade level,  to try out new curriculum, equipment, or techniques.

The link to the application is here.