Community Impact: Breaking Barriers and Bridging the Gap

SEF’s investments in breaking down barriers in access to the arts will go far in helping to close achievement gaps and creating career paths.

1. Why do you support SEF?

VP of Finance and Administration
California Institute of the Arts
Former SEF President

I support SEF as the Foundation has made art education and exposure a high priority. While I believe most people understand that the arts are important in a well rounded education, budgets and time committed for the arts has diminished over the years in K-12 education.

Recent research on the impact of the arts on academic and social development have found that there is strong evidence that arts educational experiences can produce significant positive impacts on academic and social development. Families that have resources are able to augment their child’s exposure to the arts outside of the school curriculum in ways that not all families are able to participate.

Furthermore, there are multiple career paths in the arts that can become reality with access to the arts. SEF’s investments in breaking down barriers in access to the arts will go far in helping to close achievement gaps and creating career paths.

2.  In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives? 

I believe that one thing that SEF does is to provide access – access to the arts, access to community engagement, access to summer enrichment programs through scholarships, access to program development through teacher grants, access to music through program funding, access to fun through community events – the list goes on.

Thanks to the San Marino Rotary Readers Program & the Kids Need to Read Foundation our book deliveries continue

We are excited to reminisce about our recent book delivery to Wilson Elementary School where 68 Kinder-2nd grade Mandarin Dual Language Immersion students received a special gift. All in all there were 136 individual resources including a book or learning resource and a Highlights magazine for each student.

We are thankful to our supporters from the San Marino Rotary Readers Program and the Kids Need to Read Foundation for their investment in our organization which allows us to continue our book giveaways in San Gabriel public schools!!

Books enrich students’ lives in many ways including building vocabulary, improving memory, sharpening their intellect and relieving stress. Please visit our website at SEFfor8schools.org if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation in support of our efforts. We thank you!

Thank YOU for joining us at Tia Gladys!

When: Thursday, February 10th ~ 4-7pm
Where: Tia Gladys Restaurant – 921 S. Gladys Avenue (next to Mission Car Wash)

Thank you to everyone who came out to support SEF during this yummy fundraising event! And much appreciation goes out to Tia Gladys for hosting a wonderful night of food, fun and family.

Thank you for your support of the San Gabriel Educational Foundation and the students in our schools!!

SEF Distributes almost 800 pieces of literature to McKinley Grades K-5 Spanish Dual Language Immersion Students

Every study confirms that reading skills are the strongest predictor of success in school, and the presence of books in the home makes all the difference.

Thanks to generous support provided by the Kids Need to Read Foundation and the San Marino Rotary Readers Program, SEF and a small group of dedicated volunteers distributed almost 800 pieces of literature to excited students.

After providing students with access to and a choice of books, we are thrilled to share that each student left the event with brand new, free, quality pieces of literature. One student said…”this is the best day ever!”

Up next: With partnership support from the amazing teachers SEF is building a dual language vocabulary bank designed to introduce and share a student developed Spanish language word bank. We can’t wait to share further details soon!!

SEF focusing on ways to increase support of student’s literacy development for all K-12 students? We say YES!

Thank YOU for attending SEFs Partnership Planning Meeting!

Your dedication and efforts individually, and for many of you as a team, continues to inspire the San Gabriel Educational Foundation. As you know, we are all fortunate to be part of a dynamic district that is rich in cultural diversity and is recognized as a leader in many outstanding programs. Together, in partnership, I am confident we can have a significant impact on the success of SEF and the financial support we provide the district.

As we plan for the future, we look forward to forging strong partnerships with each and every one of you. We will continue our commitment to excellence and strive to align SEF funded programs to the broader mission, vision and philosophy of the district. We will continue to focus on students and student achievement and strive to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to the community’s changing needs. We will move forward together as the strong community that we are.

Moving forward, we will be scheduling our next meeting and hope that when joining us you will bring along friends and colleagues (lots of them) and that we will learn and grow together to become a powerful force for all things wonderful in our community!!

In the meantime, we are hosting a SEF Board Recruitment event on Wednesday, 10/27. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about our organization or has interest in possibly joining the Board please rsvp to let me know you will be joining us.

Thank you for all that you do!

Teacher appreciation, thanks to SEF’s community partners

Thanks to generous funding provided by Schools First Credit Union, and of course the abundant support we receive from our partners at Johnny Was and Green Street Restaurant, SEF has been hopping all over town distributing teacher gift bags to all of the SGUSD credentialed teachers, the school site Principals and their incredible Office Managers. This go around, we are also thrilled to share there has even been a few gift bags accounted for and distributed at the district office accordingly!!

You know that feeling when you do something you hope brings joy and happiness to others? Well we could not be more grateful to our funding partners, donors and supporters for giving us the opportunity to understand that special feeling today and every day!!

SEF Awards the SGUSD $10,000 in support of Visual and Performing Arts

SEF wholeheartedly believes in the necessity and benefits of the arts in education, and its role as a powerful healing and unifying expression of San Gabriel’s diverse and talented community.

We are overwhelmed by the generous support received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation that will allow us to continue to provide much needed financial support, resources and programming for all students. We thank them and all of our donors for sharing in our vision. We are grateful for all those who are helping to make our communities a better place to live and work and for making a difference in the lives of our youth!!

Community Impact: Proud Supporter of the Arts

SEF’s short workshops are always a hit at the middle school – the cooking workshops, the hip-hop dance workshops, the teacher POUND fitness.

Esther Miwary Jefferson Middle School teacher

Esther Miwary Jefferson Middle School teacher

1. Why do you support SEF?

Ever since I started teaching at JMS, SEF has always been supportive of the arts. I was able to apply for grants so that we would have more instruments to lend to students and do musical projects that are different from what we normally do in orchestra.

2.  In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives? 

SEF’s short workshops are always a hit at the middle school – the cooking workshops, the hip-hop dance workshops, the teacher POUND fitness. It’s not ONE thing, but I think the short workshops are great for the kids as well as the adults.

Community Impact: Using Innovation to Impact Students

Even through the Pandemic, SEF found innovative ways to keep students and families connected and involved in enrichment activities.

Tuoi Nguyen, McKinley Principal, supports SEF's efforts to impact education in San Gabriel

Tuoi Nguyen, McKinely Elementary Principal

1. Why do you support SEF?

I support our San Gabriel Educational Foundation because together we can positively impact the lives of our students and community. It is about giving back and providing opportunities for our students to be actively engaged in the world around them through academics, collaboration, creativity, and service. I believe in SEF’s vision and its commitment to SGUSD and community.

2.  In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives? 

SEF does not just do One Thing, but Many Things to enrich the lives of our students. Even through the Pandemic, SEF found innovative ways to keep students and families connected and involved in enrichment activities. Their latest Art Exhibition program, Dream Imagine Create, which was a huge success, is an example of their commitment.

Community Impact: SEF Grants Enrich the Community

…I am thankful for the teacher grant I received early in my teaching career at Gabrielino High School, which helped classroom instruction.

William Wong supports SEF for the support he received as a teacher

1. Why do you support SEF?

I support SEF because they support our school community. I am appreciative of their work to serve our San Gabriel students and families. More personally, I am thankful for the teacher grant I received early in my teaching career at Gabrielino High School, which helped classroom instruction.

2.  In your opinion, what is the One Thing that SEF does that enriches students’ lives? 

SEF organizes various programs and events that can at times be challenging for schools to create. This enriches the community’s offerings.

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