Dream. Imagine. Create. Art Exhibition Recap

Click here to view the Art Exhibition video.

In the spring, the foundation launched our 2021 Youth Art Exhibition ~ Dream. Imagine. Create. which was developed to inspire youth to share their experiences of their time during quarantine and to engage and support our community. We were delighted to invite all of the almost 5,000 grades K-12 students in San Gabriel public schools to participate in a virtual art exhibition during a time when in-person engagement was not possible.

We recognize the faith and trust that has been placed in our organization and are proud to share the exhibition proved to be overwhelmingly successful from the very beginning. We wanted to give students a chance at the opportunity to publicly display their artwork in the community for all to enjoy and to share in a community celebration of creativity and resilience.

We kicked off our celebratory events with a drive-thru gift distribution on Tuesday, May 18th. All participating students were invited to move forward and “stop” by each of the gift tables (while remaining in their cars at all times) to receive a swag bag containing a custom deck of playing cards, developed with their very own masterpiece, gift certificates to Nothing Bundt Cakes Pasadena and Wetzel’s Pretzels, a themed baseball cap, and even a sweet treat. It was an incredibly uplifting event filled with spirit, much enthusiasm and marvelous artwork!

Then on Thursday, May 20th we unveiled the 2021 Art Exhibition ~ Dream. Imagine. Create. virtual art exhibit during an online celebration. Guests were invited to enjoy the exhibit which contained 63 original pieces of artwork commissioned by inspiring grades K-12 San Gabriel public school students. Please click the link at the top of this article to enjoy the video.

That same evening we were pleased to announce the 2021 Art Exhibition Award of Excellence winners whose artwork best captured the theme “Art in a Time of Quarantine.” Each winning artist was invited to the San Gabriel Grapevine to receive their winning prizes. The SEF Board President, Alison DeVriendt, Vice President, Events Rosiris Paniagua, Executive Director Adela Angiuli together with the San Gabriel Unified School District Superintendent Mr. Jim Symonds and City of San Gabriel Councilwoman Denise Menchaca congratulated the winning artists and presented each of them with a $50 gift card and a framed print of their masterpiece. With much enthusiasm we continue to congratulate the winners:

Grades K – 2: Emily “My Gratitude Tree”

Grades 3 – 5: Connor “Daydreaming in My Version of School”

Grades 6 – 8: Samantha “Quarantine Essentials”

Grades 9 – 12: Subrina “Road to Home”

As you can imagine, there was an immense sense of pride to be able to share in the celebration in a public space of such historic significance in our community.

The fun does not end there…it is with great pleasure that we publicly announce the thirty individual masterpieces that were selected, developed into pole banners and are hanging within the City of San Gabriel Mission District for public viewing now through the end of June. We are happy to share the selection process took place by an outside agency not affiliated with the foundation and the announcement that took place during our virtual celebration was a wonderful surprise to everyone! The artists whose masterpieces were selected for public display and viewing are:

Adrian: 12th grade, “Don’t Rain on Me”
Alexis: 3rd Grade, “Let’s Work Together”
Angelina: 12th grade, “Day & Night”
Caylee: 5th grade, “Half way there”
Colleen: 1st grade, “Undersea Adventure”
Conner W: 3rd grade, “Daydreaming In My Version of School”
Daniel: 11th grade, “Ice Cream”
Dax: Kinder, “The Covid Heart”
Devin: 4th grade, “Harry Potter”
Divine: 5th grade, “Dream Imagine your creation”
Emi: 1st grade, “Life Underwater”
Emily: 2nd grade, “My gratitude Tree”
Henry: 12th grade, “Bonsai Tree”
John: 6th grade, “We Choose to go to the moon”
Kaiya: 11th grade, “Current!”
Kayce: 4th grade, “Wishing Bridge”
Kyle: 11th grade, “Red Dawn Samurai thing, thing”
Madeline: 2nd grade, “Bebe Elefante/Baby Elephant”
Megan: 11th grade, “Awaiting”
Moya: 12th grade, “Tea Time”
Natalie: 2nd grade, “I Have a Dream”
Odin: 6th grade, “Let your Imagination Soar”
Paxton: 5th grade, “Dream, Imagine, Create your future”
Rachel: 12th grade, “Tiger Cloud”
Raidyn: 3rd grade, “Imagination Flowers”
Samantha: 6th grade, “Quarantine Essentials”
Samantha: 10th grade, “Monster of Dreams”
Skyli: 1st grade, “My Dream Animals”
Subrina: 12th grade, “Road to Home”
Sydney: 6th grade, “California Flowers”

We would like to thank All of the amazing artists for sharing their creativity, joy and resilience with us!! We invite the community to take a walking tour of the public display of the 30 pieces of youth art, which has been hung in the Mission District. The walking tour begins on Mission Road in front of the San Gabriel Mission Church and runs through Mission Drive north to Broadway (there are plenty of small shops and eateries to stop by and visit during your walk. Don’t forget to tell them SEF sent you). We truly believe the public display of talent is sure to leave you with a sense of the magnitude of the importance of the arts in education.

Inspired by our grades K-2 Award of Excellence winner Emily….we continue to add to our “Gratitude Tree” as the celebrations continue!!

Recently, City of San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao and Councilwoman Denise Menchaca presented SEF Board President Alison Devriendt and Executive Director Adela Angiuli with a Certificate of Congratulations in celebration of the success of the program. Included was a special thanks for the contribution of art towards the beautification of San Gabriel.

Dream. Imagine. Create. is hosted by SEF thanks to generous grant funding received from event sponsors and the wider community.

We are incredibly grateful to the following Event Sponsors:

An anonymous donor advised fund at the California
Community Foundation
Cathay Bank Foundation
Chick-fil-A, Pasadena
Mission Valley Free Methodist Church

Shout out to the incredible team of highly skilled professionals at the CRP Group who have designed and developed creative marketing collateral for our organization each and every time they are called upon. CRP Team, your commitment to our organization has helped us achieve our goals and meet our sometimes impossible deadlines. Your investment in the mission of SEF has played a pivotal role in the branding of our organization and in our efforts to effectively communicate with all of our stakeholders and for these reasons and so many others, we are extremely grateful to you for your support!

We would also like to thank the City of San Gabriel for their partnership in our inaugural event. We appreciate the confidence you have placed in our organization and your collaborative efforts in support of the students in San Gabriel public schools. A huge thank you to all of the amazing student artists for sharing their talent and creative energy with us. We are inspired to dream, imagine and create because of you!!

We extend our deepest gratitude from the bottom of our hearts to all those who believe in our mission. You have allowed us to promote and enhance the community’s capacity to support the educational environment in our community for all students!!

What’s next? It has been an incredible honor for us to bring this shared celebration of the arts to our community. We hope that by bringing the students’ artwork together we have been able to effectively show how they were able to conceptualize their individual experiences during quarantine. We have been asked what we feel is the secret formula to the success of the event….our answer is simply there is no secret. It is the meaningful engagement and contributions of many that allowed us to support our youth and build community.

As we continue to promote the power of the arts we remain thoroughly committed to collaborating with a diverse group of individuals in support of the arts in San Gabriel public schools. We will continue to do what we do with passion, integrity, and a positive attitude all while remaining mission driven and self-directed. We invite you to join us in our cause, donate your time, treasure or talent to help us continue our good work. If you have questions about our organization please continue to refer to our website and our Facebook page . Reach out to SEF’s Board President at sefboardpresident@gmail.com if you would like more information on joining our team!!

Join us as we welcome our newest board member!

We are delighted to announce and welcome a new member to the SEF Board of Directors, Hugo Correa. Hugo is Senior Vice President, Account & Financial Reporting Officer for Cathay Bank. In addition to his role at Cathay Bank, he has selflessly served the San Gabriel community in various capacities for over 15 years. His qualifications and expertise has guided his efforts in various leadership roles such as Regional Commissioner for AYSO Region 40, City of San Gabriel Parks and Recreation Commissioner, La Casa Community Center Board Member, Member of the San Gabriel Unified School District Facilities Oversight Committee and Budgeting Oversight Committee, within the City of San Gabriel, Jr. Achievement and various other non profit 501c3 agencies. The positive impact he has made in our community cannot be understated.

We are extremely grateful for the time and dedication Hugo has already provided our organization. He will begin transitioning from his current role within the Foundation serving as a Community Art Project Advisory Committee Member to serve on the Executive Board as Treasurer, replacing retiring board member Nancy Listiawan.

We graciously thank Hugo for sharing his incredible leadership experience, skills, knowledge and a passion for positive change within our community. His valued perspective and background will help us continue to realize growth, build partnerships and ensure performance and for this we are grateful!

March-April Family Resource Guide is here!

Surfing, dancing and front row access to nature? Sign us up! Take a look at the latest roundup of free resources for the convenience of San Gabriel families. And if you use some of these resources, let us know!

Click the image below to view the full resource guide.

View SEF's latest resource guide of spring 2021

SEF Board Member Highlight: Kacie Bauzon


Kacie Bauzon, Communications Extraordinaire for the San Gabriel Educational Foundation

Join us as we honor our very own community champions…our SEF Board Members!

The SEF Board of Trustees is a dedicated group of individuals who strive to motivate and inspire stakeholder commitment. They focus on the significant work that must be done to ensure the mission of the foundation contributes positively to the lives of students in San Gabriel public schools.

Today we are highlighting SEF Board Member and Assistant Marketing & Communications Chair, Kacie Bauzon. Kacie is guided with purpose and defined outcomes visible through her efforts in the development of the monthly SEF eNewsletter designed to highlight the mission, fundraising goals, partners, engagement opportunities and accomplishments of our organization.

We are especially grateful for her efforts to build the SEF brand and awareness of the foundation and have been told that the newsletter provides rich and engaging content that helps the community feel connected to our schools and our students and could not be more proud. Additionally, Kacie enthusiastically serves as the liaison to the incredibly talented graphic design team at The CRP Group whose investment in the foundation single handedly is increasing visibility, effectiveness and efficiency for us.

With a clear purpose and a positive approach Kacie is creating (and part of) a very special winning team! Thank you Kacie for your efforts in generating consistent and compelling communication that is delivered to a community wide audience. Together we can all stand proudly in support of the work that we do and the difference that we make!

Are you interested in learning more about your local community education foundation and those who govern it? We invite you to visit the SEF Board Page to learn more about each of our dedicated board members and to contact us if you would like to join this group of dynamic individuals.

Double your donation with an employer matching gift

See if your employer matches charitable gifts to the San Gabriel Educational Foundation

Increase the capacity of your generosity with an employer matching gift! Matching gifts essentially double your donation. See if your employer will match your donation.

You can generally do this by filling out and submitting a paper match form provided by your employer or through an electronic submission process. This is done after you have made your donation to SEF…it’s that simple!

Thank YOU and many thanks to your employer for their commitment to supporting you and your charitable causes!

Please use this information when preparing your matching gift request for your employer:

Organization: San Gabriel Educational Foundation
Tax ID/EIN: 95-4023144
Contact Name: Adela Angiuli
Contact Email: adela.angiuli@sef4schools.org
Contact Phone: (626) 451-5465

SGUSD Employee Giving

We invite all SGUSD employees to give to the FoundationWe invite all SGUSD employees to contribute to the Foundation! 
Tax deductible contributions provide much needed support to the Foundation and our ongoing efforts to sustain and grow enrichment programming for all students in San Gabriel public schools. However large or small, the participation of San Gabriel District employees counts!
Employees can sign up for monthly payroll deductions or make a one-time annual gift. To set up monthly payroll deductions, complete this form and email it to Joanne Alston at alston_j@sgusd.k12.ca.us
We thank you for your support!

Congrats to all who participated in SEF’s Watershed Explorers!

Program developed thanks to generous grant funding provided by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

Questions? Email adela.angiuli@sef4schools.org

The SEF Watershed Explorer Program has been designed as an after school educational enrichment opportunity for students in San Gabriel public schools. 

Throughout the 2 day course, students will learn about their place in our environment, how it is affected by their decisions and actions, and will be inspired to conserve and celebrate the San Gabriel Valley Watershed. Using their newly taught mapping skills, students will explore the geology, topography and climate of the local region.

As students become familiar with the physical boundaries and conditions of the watershed to which they belong, they will analyze and assess current conditions and problems in the Los Angeles River. Additionally, working in small groups they will develop solutions to issues pertaining specifically to water usage and conservation and develop a public service announcement aimed to raise awareness surrounding watershed conservation.

Prior to completing the course students will learn how to harvest rainwater at home and pledge to become water conservationists all from the comfort of their own home via the Zoom platform.

For more information, please contact the SEF office or email adela.angiuli@sef4schools.org

SEF in the news

Former SEF Board President Dr. Chasity Jennings Nunez highlighted the foundation in an article for ColoradoBoulevard.net. We are extremely grateful to the team of  individuals who find the strength to persevere and endure in their commitment to the mission of SEF and for the many wonderful agencies and organizations that continue to do good work in spite of storms that they are facing. It is with great courage that they share their talent and skills in service to others. We are stronger together!

Read the article on ColoradoBoulevard.net>>

SEF’s Adult Pound Class was filled with lots of energy and excitement!

During the 2020/21 academic year, we are proud to have provided free parent education workshops, student enrichment programming and family events all in accordance with our very own health and wellness initiatives.

Recently, we partnered with Pound instructor AJ King to bring her amazing Pound class to our community. She designed a full body workout perfect for letting loose, toning up and letting out stress. It is with an enormous amount of gratitude we would like to thank Pound instructor AJ King for partnering with us to bring virtual exercise classes to our community.

Together we have facilitated classes for the teachers, the adult community and coming soon…the students!!


We have already received many inquiries from those who were unable to participate in our free class yesterday evening. Don’t miss out on upcoming programs and events…stay updated on our website where you can sign up to receive our newsletter or follow us on Facebook.

What is Pound?

Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.

Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

SEFs Parent Engagement Webinar Series Continues!

SEFs Parent Engagement Webinar Series Continues! SEF partners with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the San Gabriel Police Department Community Engagement Team in support of a Safe & Healthy Community Together!

Striving to increase awareness surrounding mental health and its potential incidence and impact for students and families SEF proudly partnered with presenters Dr’s Maria Martinez and Nicolas Beliz, from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, to deliver a mental health workshop, in both English and Spanish. The workshop was designed to provide participants with information, insights and ideas intended to support mental health for students and within families. Participants learned how to recognize indicators of possible mental health issues and were provided with a list of resources and strategies to promote mental health. 

Additionally, we partnered with San Gabriel Police Officer’s Dane Woolwine, Stacy Gutierrez and Cecily Ramirez, from the San Gabriel Police Department Community Engagement Team, to share helpful information surrounding internet safety with our families during our Cyber Safety webinar. Recognizing students today are living largely within a digital community, participants learned how important it is to talk with them about online risks, how to avoid them and how to reach them to reach out to a parent or other adult when something goes wrong.

Knowing what your children do online is vital to protecting them from digital threats. There are things you can do to help keep them safe. Monitor your child’s online activity & know their passwords

  • Activate privacy features through the browser or your internet service provider.
  • Set clearly defined rules surrounding online activity. Explaining the reason for each rule and the hazard it protects against can help your child understand potential risks. Rules should protect your child’s privacy, safety and personal information. 
  • Initiate communication with your child. An open conversation can help them feel comfortable talking with you even about uncomfortable things they may encounter online. 

Mental Health and Well-Being Resources