Math Academy Multiplies Success Thanks to PUSD, Private Partners

Pasadena High School Math Academy sophomore Colby Roberts maps out a college-level applied mathematics problem, with instructor Hiren Maharaj advising. David Gieselman, George Meza and Riley Paddock look on as they await their turn at the whiteboard.
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Pasadena High School Math Academy sophomore Colby Roberts maps out a college-level applied mathematics problem, with instructor Hiren Maharaj advising. David Gieselman, George Meza and Riley Paddock look on as they await their turn at the whiteboard.

When Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald dropped in at McKinley School some years back to visit an informal 5th-grade math club, run by local parents Jason and Sandy Roberts as an extension of the math field day they had been recruited for, he stopped in his tracks. Continue reading “Math Academy Multiplies Success Thanks to PUSD, Private Partners”

Rose Queen Camille Eager to Serve Community, Tradition

The 2020 Tournament of Roses crowned Queen Camille Kennedy (center) and presented the Royal Court at the Pasadena Playhouse, including (from left) Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins and Cole Fox.
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The 2020 Tournament of Roses crowned Queen Camille Kennedy (center) and presented the Royal Court at the Pasadena Playhouse, including (from left) Rukan Saif, Mia Thorsen, Emilie Risha, Reese Rosental Saporito, Michael Wilkins and Cole Fox.

In what has become Pasadena’s own New World royal tradition, the 2020 Tournament of Roses recently crowned the 102nd Rose Queen, city native and La Salle College Preparatory senior Camille Kennedy, amid pomp and circumstance at the packed Pasadena Playhouse. Continue reading “Rose Queen Camille Eager to Serve Community, Tradition”

Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens

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Culinary student Angel Hankins, 20, worked with Hugo Bolanos, executive chef at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air restaurant, to fulfill her wish to provide a fine-dining experience for foster girls from Pasadena’s Victor Treatment Center. Hankins is in hospice care for stage 4 metastatic carcinoma.

Twenty-year-old culinary student Angel Hankins’ outlook has always been about living the best life she possibly could, despite hardships and heartaches she experienced while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. The glowing, soft-spoken young woman loves to cook, she admits, and, even more, she loves to smile. She beams even as she says it. Continue reading “Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens”

Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart

A Citrus College cosmetology student volunteer offers a free haircut at the Pasadena Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day. Personal grooming was one of the many services offered to area homeless recently.
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A Citrus College cosmetology student volunteer offers a free haircut at the Pasadena Salvation Army’s Homeless Connect Day. Personal grooming was one of the many services offered to area homeless recently.

The Pasadena Salvation Army gathered its troop of community volunteers and extended a warm welcome to the area’s homeless recently, offering up a large array of health and wellness services as well as a hearty meal and good company at its spacious Walnut Street campus.
The annual Homeless Connect Day event has become a resounding success over the past 11 years, now with 46 service providers offering personalized attention to some 130 homeless clients, providing food, haircuts, dental and vision screenings, flu shots and pet services, among other ministrations. The event was held this year in partnership with Grandview Foundation, Pacific Clinics, the city of Pasadena, Union Station Homeless Services, the local business community, service providers, local government and Azusa Pacific University student volunteers.
Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority representatives also were on hand to help facilitate paperwork for the homeless who are trying to obtain identification, renew a license or sign up for other processes. Continue reading “Salvation Army’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Serves With Heart”

Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless

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Union Station Homeless Services’ Community Allies program matches neighbors with companions who were formerly homeless, many of whom become dear friends, like Dr. Monique Margetis (left) and Verlinda Bee.

Like a lot of concerned Pasadenans, longtime resident Dr. Monique Margetis was alarmed by what seemed to be the growing number of homeless men and women she saw on the streets, under overpasses, crowding the parks.
As a pediatric pulmonary specialist, she also was familiar with children living in unhealthful conditions — in garages, for example — when their parents couldn’t afford more. Continue reading “Union Station’s Allies Forge Friendships to Help Homeless”

Tournament Names Royal Court

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The Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of its 2020 Royal Court on Tuesday amid much fanfare, introducing (from left) Rukan Saif of Arcadia High School; Mia Thorsen of Marshall Fundamental School; Emilie Risha of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Reese Rosental Saporito of Marshall; Michael Wilkins of Maranatha High School; Camille Kennedy of La Salle College Preparatory; and Cole Fox of South Pasadena High School.

It all came up roses for seven lucky young women, four of them Pasadena residents, when the Tournament of Roses announced the members of its 2020 Royal Court on Monday. Continue reading “Tournament Names Royal Court”

Philanthropists Band With PUSD on Music Education

Jerry and Terri Kohl visited Altadena Elementary School recently to deliver 500 guitars, just part of the more than 2,000 they’ve donated to  the Pasadena Unified School District over the past 10 years with the national nonprofit  Little Kids Rock.
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Jerry and Terri Kohl visited Altadena Elementary School recently to deliver 500 guitars, just part of the more than 2,000 they’ve donated to
the Pasadena Unified School District over the past 10 years with the national nonprofit
Little Kids Rock.

When Jerry Kohl was growing up in Pasadena, nothing made him feel more complete than playing his guitar when he found himself on his own. His parents worked long hours, and Kohl spent hours toiling away at the instrument until he was good enough to start his own band in middle school.
His love for music was matched early on by his high school sweetheart and future wife, Terri, and together they have embarked on a mission to ensure that music — and guitars — are readily available to Pasadena schoolchildren. Through the national nonprofit Little Kids Rock, the Kohls have provided vital financial support that has brought music curriculum and more than 2,000 guitars to elementary-age children across the city. Continue reading “Philanthropists Band With PUSD on Music Education”

Aquatics Center’s Master Stroke: Lifesaving Water Skills for PUSD Kids

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center swim instructor Aaron Akers referees a kicking competition among Jefferson Elementary School 3rd-graders who participate in the nonprofit’s free “Learn to Swim” program.
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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center swim instructor Aaron Akers referees a kicking competition among Jefferson Elementary School 3rd-graders who participate in the nonprofit’s free “Learn to Swim” program.

Jefferson Elementary School teacher Gloria Barrera proudly watched over her 3rd-graders as they happily splashed and swam at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center last week, delighted squeals piercing the steamy morning as instructors guided the students in formation on strengthening kick exercises.
She loves her students’ enthusiasm for the program, but more important is that teaching them water skills will help save lives and introduce the children to a love of all the things you can do around the water, Barrera explained. Continue reading “Aquatics Center’s Master Stroke: Lifesaving Water Skills for PUSD Kids”

At 30, Young & Healthy Fills Gaps in Kids’ Health Care

Young & Healthy Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker has helped expand the nonprofit’s mission.
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Young & Healthy Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker has helped expand the nonprofit’s mission.

Health care services and their accessibility might ebb and flow over the years, but for three decades, Young & Healthy has remained a mainstay for the community’s uninsured and underserved children and families through education and enhanced health care services.
Just in the past year, the nonprofit provided direct and preventative health services — free of charge — to 13,759 Pasadena-area families, with 1,314 of them receiving direct clinical services. Those numbers might be decreasing, said Executive Director Mary Donnelly-Crocker, but wait: That’s a good thing.
When the Affordable Care Act took effect, Young & Healthy led the charge to help thousands navigate paperwork and the health care exchange, which ultimately has helped more families gain access to the greater panorama of health care providers. Continue reading “At 30, Young & Healthy Fills Gaps in Kids’ Health Care”

PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC

Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.
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Pasadena Unified School District graduates Ramon Cano Cristobal, Mario Nicasio, Hannah Tellez, Kevin Morales, Mahely Cedillo Lambaren, Abigail Vides, Jaylin Jenkins and Alejandra Anaya Dia are attending Pasadena City College this fall as PCF Scholars. The Pasadena Community Foundation will support each student at PCC for up to four years.

As students across the region head off to college this fall, a contingent of Pasadena Unified School District graduates is proudly donning backpacks to attend an institution right here in town­ — Pasadena City College — in a quest to achieve a quality higher education at a lesser cost. Continue reading “PCF Scholars Find Nonprofits Have Their Back at PCC”