Reading Partners would like you to read between the lines: More volunteers are needed to partner with elementary schoolchildren.
The nationwide nonprofit’s local branch has been working with children at seven Pasadena Unified School District elementary schools each week, tutoring them on reading fundamentals and in practice.
But a dire need for more volunteers to read to the children has driven up a wait list of more than 100 young students in Pasadena who are still waiting for a reading partner. Continue reading “Reading Partners’ PUSD Students Need More Volunteers”
One of the first lessons Western Justice Center teaches is that with conflict, there is opportunity — a chance to break barriers, appreciate differences and raise awareness.
The nonprofit’s mission is to build a more civil, peaceful society by promoting differences and understanding in culture, race and class through creative programs that build skills in conflict resolution. And one of the best places to begin building, WJC has found, is from the ground up: in the schools.
“You can never eliminate conflict because conflict is a part of human nature, but teaching people how to manage and deal with conflict is essential to reaching peaceful resolution, whether it is in the courts, in schools or in the community,” said WJC Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin. Continue reading “Western Justice Breaks Barriers Teaching Conflict Resolution”
Tim Mayworm opens the door to the historic craftsman in Orange Heights with a small, welcoming flourish, just as he has done thousands of times since 1983, when he founded Journey House as a group home for probation youth, and then later repurposing it for former foster youth
Built in 1912 by renowned architect David M. Renton, the large olive green abode exudes character and warmth, just like Mayworm himself as he gives the traditional tour, proudly showing off the large dining room and recently renovated kitchen. Continue reading “Journey House Gives Former Foster Youth Support, Advocacy”
The thing about a great idea is nobody knows they need it until it exists.
Such was the case for Math Academy at Pasadena Unified School District, an advanced math program that is guiding its students to complete AP calculus in 8th grade so they can dedicate high school to college-level proof-based mathematics, including investigative research of probabilities and abstract formulas. By the end of high school, in fact, students might finish the equivalent of three quarters of an undergraduate mathematics degree.
Jason and Sandy Roberts, the parent volunteers and founders of Math Academy, know that the success of their great idea lies in its execution. The two are working diligently with the district to build the curriculum capable of incubating as many as 250 math students in one school year — “our own mini-CalTech,” quipped Jason — with 50 graduating each year from Pasadena High School Math Academy. Continue reading “PUSD’s Math Academy Brimming With Exponentials”
When Katie Bradshaw gets the keys to her family’s newly built bungalow through the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity in June, she knows exactly what she wants their first move to be.
“I know it’s super cheesy, but I hope my husband carries me over the threshold like in the old movies,” said Bradshaw, who along with husband Mark and two young children, are counting the days until they move into the sparkling new home from their rental, a small third-floor walkup. Continue reading “Habitat for Humanity Builds Bigger Goals, Broader Reach”
Wells Fargo exhibited its commitment to improving the lives of service members and veterans last month when Simon Kim, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal, recently received the keys to a two-story Moreno Valley home paid for by Wells Fargo. Then, last week, he received the keys to a new 2018 Honda Accord paid for by Wells Fargo and the Southern California Honda Dealers.
Kim thought he’d been invited to Irwindale to decorate Wells Fargo’s 2018 Tournament of Roses parade float at Phoenix Decorating Co.; instead he received a Honda Accord.
Wells Fargo collaborates with car dealerships and manufacturers to donate vehicles to Military Warriors Support Foundation for use in its Transportaion4Heroes program. Recipients also receive one year of family and financial mentoring with MWSF.
“It was a privilege and honor to represent our company in creating a life-changing event for Lance Corporal Kim and his family, who is a true hero who served our country,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive, West Coast.
Kim joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. The lead gunner was awarded the Purple Heart commendation for injuries sustained during his deployment, including a bullet wound to his shoulder, shrapnel injuries and a concussion. In collaboration with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Wells Fargo presented Kim and his son with a new mortgage-free home.
“Other than the birth of my son, this tops everything,” Kim said. “You’ve changed my whole life and given me a new life for my son.”
Wells Fargo has donated more than 350 homes, valued at more than $55 million, to veterans in all 50 states since 2012. The donations are part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing pledge to veterans, which includes employing 20,000 veterans by 2020 and providing homes, career-transition assistance, and financial education to veterans and their families.
At the celebrated start of 2018, the world focused its attention on Pasadena Monday morning with the 129th Rose Parade rolling past millions of television viewers and hundreds of thousands of people along the parade route. Continue reading “Pasadena Stars on New Year’s Day”
If 100th Tournament of Roses 2018 Queen Isabella Marez is not polished in her picture-perfect royal attire during this year of reign, you’ll find her in her other favorite outfit of choice: scuffed up softball cleats and dirty practice gear.
It’s a dichotomy that reminds those around her of the Royal Court’s transition to modern times, and that a girl these days can be, above all, all things.
“I love that about her and find it so funny,” said sister Alex Marez. “She’s either in full makeup or all grimy in practice gear.”
Either way, Marez is either coming or going, riding out the tail-end of a whirlwind year that will include about 100 public events as queen with her six Royal Court members, serving out the TOR’s choice of theme “Making a Difference.” Continue reading “100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition”
Lance Tibbet’s Pasadena roots are deep. This year’s Tournament of Roses president was born and raised in Pasadena; he graduated from Pasadena High School and attended Pasadena City College. His business — wholesale nursery Magic Growers, Inc. — is based in Pasadena.
“I went through all the schools, my business is here, I live here, a few years ago I said, ‘Maybe I’m a little too provincial, maybe I need to get out into the world?’” Tibbets said.
In the past year, he’s certainly accomplished that — in the most Pasadena role of all.
As president for the 129th Rose Parade and Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, Tibbet had the enviable task of visiting each of the parade’s marching bands, “traveling around the country and traveling around the world, spreading the good work of the tournament.” Continue reading “President Draws on Deep Roots to Promote Rose Parade”