Virtual Adult Workshop on Cyber Safety- Registration is now closed.

Join SEF and members of the SGPD’s School and Community Engagement Team for a presentation on Cyber Safety. Learn tips to keep yourself and your children safe on the internet. Wednesday, Oct 14th, 6-7 pm.

This virtual event is free and open to adult caregivers and parents.

Workshop registration:  Registration is now closed.  SEF reserves the right to cancel any workshop.  If the workshop does not meet minimum enrollment it may be cancelled.
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SEF welcomes and admits all students. SEF does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin ( ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations in its administration of its educational or admission policies for any SEF administered program. 

Free Online Classes from San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego Zoo Global is offering eight weeks of free online courses, now through May 24th, for middle and high school students who are studying from home during this health crisis

The courses are designed to be completed by students in about one to two hours and include video, images and quizzes to teach students about animals.

The first week of free online courses began with an overview of cats and lessons on cheetahs, lions and tigers. Following weeks will focus on mammals, monkeys, primates, bears, birds, reptiles, monotremes and marsupials.

Thank you San Diego Zoo for providing remote learning opportunities for middle and high school students in our community! Click here for more information and to view the classes.

Time for a virtual field trip to Cal Poly’s farm!

As we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, SEF is inspired by the acts of kindness and creativity we witness on a regular basis. That’s why we’re excited to share that Cal Poly Pomona has invited SGUSD students for a virutal fieldtrip to their farms! Cal Poly’s program promises to be an exciting, enriching experience as students tackle new topics every week. 

Even more exciting is the fact that students who complete all 6 lessons will become a Junior Farmer at Discovery Farm. We’re looking forward to hearing about all our future Junior Farmers.

Here is a short description of the program from AGRIscapes:

Each Lesson includes a short Video Segment, Subject Worksheet, a Quiz, Fun Games and a Coloring Sheet. When students complete a lesson they will earn a Badge for that topic, after going through all 6 session they will be declared a Junior Farmer at Discovery Farm! 

Click here to visit the website and learn more about Cal Poly’s virtual field trips to their farm.

$3,100 worth of books received from Kids Need to Read

In support of the 155 Mandarin and Spanish dual language immersion students in the SGUSD, SEF received $3,100 worth of literature from Kids Need to Read. We are looking forward to sharing the smiles of the students’ faces with our generous donors when we distribute the books to the classrooms.

Kids Need To Read was founded on the desire to empower young people through literacy. This organization supports agencies and school districts throughout the nation as they strive to make more books accessible for every student.

We are thrilled to share these books with the almost 155 students enrolled in 7 of the Mandarin and Spanish dual immersion classes at both McKinley and Wilson Elementary School just as soon as they are all back together on their respective campuses in the fall. 

From our community in California to you… thank you Kids Need to Read for sharing literature, smiles, hopes and dreams with our students!

Learn more about Kids Need to Read here.

4 SEF tips on how to make every week Earth Week

By making simple changes in our daily lives we can make a difference in the world around us. Here are a few simple ways your teen can celebrate Earth week at home… any time of the year! 

1. Say NO to single-use plastic

Take a pledge against plastic and say NO to plastic bottles, bags & straws. Challenge your friends and family to join your efforts!

2. Up-cycle your clothes

You can donate clothes you no longer wear or with minimal effort, they can also be turned into cool new items for your wardrobe!

3. Make a statement

Check with your middle or high school administrator to see if your school has an Environmental Mission Statement. If not, with approval from them, you can help to develop one. You can also get started on your first community awareness action item once you get back on campus: inquire about the development and organization of a school-wide mural project where students can leave individual pledges such as “I will turn off the lights when I leave the room”

Need help? Your family, friends, neighbors and volunteers at the San Gabriel Educational Foundation may be available to help!

4. Get some fresh air

Staying inside the house during these days of isolation, we can get caught up in what’s happening on Instagram, or with our favorite tv series, that we forget how much fun it is to be outside. Earth Day is a reminder of how beautiful and awesome our planet is. Take advantage of it! If you have a backyard, spend the afternoon outdoors reading, having lunch, or just taking in deep breaths of the fresh air. If your outdoor space is limited, try going for a walk at an off-hour when the streets are quieter… and remember to wear your mask.

We hope this post inspires all our families to make a pledge to “Do One Thing.”

San Gabriel Hilton Serving the Community with Essentials Market

Thank you San Gabriel Hilton Hotel for supporting the mission of the foundation and the entire community of San Gabriel in all that you do. The San Gabriel community is strong because of you!

The San Gabriel Hilton has opened up an Essentials where people may purchase needed items to weather these uncertain times at home. Please refer below for the list of items available to purchase.

List of market items available for purchase:


SEF Funds Support Music Education

Thanks to the support of our community partners, SEF provides programming that serves thousands of students across 8 school sites in the San Gabriel Unified School District. We love receiving and sharing updates on the programs we support, like music classes for elementary students!

During the 2018/19 school year, SEF support for the SGUSD Music Immersion & Expansion program reached over $14,000. Today, we are still smiling!

Music gives students the skills that support their academic success in many areas of development including intellectual and social-emotional learning, math and motor skills, language development and literacy. We truly believe the arts have the power to change lives!

We love seeing the smiles on students’ faces as they experience the joy of creating music. The kids get to play on African drums, scarves, boomwhackers, keyboard/music stands and posters all purchased with funds provided by the foundation. 

SEF Supporting Music Education in San Gabriel Public Schools? We say keep the music coming!

We hope you are inspired to help us with our efforts to continue the momentum we have going! By making a donation today, you help us reach our goals of impacting the lives of each and every student.

SEF helps fund college readiness in SGUSD

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness platform for high school students and their parents that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and strives to improve student outcomes.

Over the course of a student’s high school education, GHS College & Career Counselor Ms. Machado states “students can create a 4-year course plan, build a resume, and manage college application deadlines. Students and parents can also research careers and colleges by comparing GPA and standardized test scores to actual historical data from past Gabrielino students who have applied and been admitted. Naviance also lets us share information with the students and their parents about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information”. 

To make a donation in support of this or other programs we support click here.

For more information, please contact the Gabrielino High School College and Career Center.

Supporting College & Career Readiness for GHS Students? We say YES!!

The Power of Education Inside & Outside the Classroom


Last November, 324 grades K-5, Coolidge Elementary School students were treated to a Mobile Dairy Classroom presentation courtesy of the Dairy Council of California.

The program integrates Language Arts, Math, and Science as well as providing a visually stimulating experience that allows for students to get up close and personal with the cow as well as local agriculture ambassadors. This furthers students’ understanding of how milk is processed from cow to container.

In the Primary presentation, students learned new vocabulary, anatomy of a cow, how milk goes from the cow to the refrigerator, and the importance of agriculture and a healthy diet and exercise. In the Intermediate presentation, in addition to the above, students discovered the ruminant digestive system and the agricultural technology used in the making of different foods from milk.

Providing students with hands on learning experiences inside & outside of the classroom? We say YES!!

SEF Provides $1,000 in Grant Awards in Support of Literacy

SEF’s Fall Reading Challenge Continues to Make a Positive Impact!

Recently SEF provided 2,087 students on all 5 elementary sites 3 books, a school pride & spirit reading reminder wristband and a student-designed bookmark. We’re excited to continue the momentum!!

We are proud to announce the following classroom and school site winners of SEF’s Fall Reading Challenge. It’s also our honor to provide each of the recipients with grant awards to purchase books for their classrooms and school site library respectively.

McKinley Elementary School Site Library – $500.00
Ms. Julia Constable’s First Grade (Coolidge) – $100.00
Ms. Paula Reid’s Kindergarten (McKinley) – $100.00
Ms. Christina Esparza’s Third Grade (Roosevelt) – $100.00
Ms. Tammy Shimazu’s First Grade (Washington) – $100.00
Ms. Ingid Lin’s Kindergarten (Wilson) –  $100.00

SEF Supporting Literacy and Children’s Positive Academic Outcomes? We say YES!!