Madison Elementary Community Garden Opening Ceremony

_001 Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy Board Members Susan Osen and Stephanie Hall

Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy Board Members Susan Osen and Stephanie Hall

002 Guil Babcock and Angela Parris

Guil Babcock and Angela Parris

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Madison Elementary Resource Teacher Alden Denila , Principal Juan Ruelas, PUSD Facilities Grounds Coordinator Shirley Barrett, Mayor Terry Tornek and his wife Maria, and PUSD Health Coordinator Ann C. Rector

004 Healthy Start Case Manager Janrillynn O. Burke and Sergio Jimenez

Healthy Start Case Manager Janrillynn O. Burke and Sergio Jimenez

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Stephanie Hall, Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy CEO Eileen Read, PCGC Board Member Charles Read, Terry and Maria Tornek and Susan Osen

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Nancy Rose Dufford, Executive Director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation Patrick Conyers, and Development Director Angela Parris

007 Stephanie Hall and Guil Babcock

Stephanie Hall and Guil Babcock

008 Susan Osen and Rhonda Stone

Susan Osen and Rhonda Stone

009  PUSD Grant Coordinator Katia Ahmed, Ely Villanueva and Ann C. Rector

PUSD Grant Coordinator Katia Ahmed, Ely Villanueva and Ann C. Rector

010 PCGC Board Member Felicia Williams and Kathy Onoye

PCGC Board Member Felicia Williams and Kathy Onoye

011 Caroline and Don Baker

Caroline and Don Baker

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PUSD Board Members Roy Boulghourjian, Pat Cahalan, Elizabeth Pomeroy along with Principal Juan Ruelas, and Board Members Scott Phelps and Larry Torres

013 PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald, Mayor Terry Tornek, Shirley Barrett and Roy Boulghourjian

PUSD Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald, Mayor Terry Tornek, Shirley Barrett and Roy Boulghourjian

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PUSD Board Members flanked by Dr. Brian McDonald and Mayor Terry Tornek are from left: Larry Torres, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Scott Phelps, Adrienne Ann Mullen, Pat Cahalan, and Roy Boulghourjian.

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PUSD Board Members flanked by Dr. Brian McDonald and Mayor Terry Tornek are from left: Larry Torres, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Scott Phelps, Adrienne Ann Mullen, Pat Cahalan, and Roy Boulghourjian, along with students of Madison Elementary School.

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Shovel Ceremony for the Grand Opening of the Community Garden. From left: Principal Juan Ruelas, Mayor Terry Tornek, PUSD Board Members Scott Phelps, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Adrienne Ann Mullen, PCGC CEO Eileen Read, Dr. Brian McDonald, and PUSD Board Members Larry Torres, Pat Cahalan, and Roy Boulghourjian

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Charles Read, Elizabeth Pomeroy, Dr. Brian McDonald, Eileen Read, Terry Tornek, Stephanie Hall, Marilyn and George Brumder, Susan Osen and Felicia Williams

018 Marilyn and George Brumder with Scott Phelps

Marilyn and George Brumder with Scott Phelps

019 Marilyn and George Brumder

Marilyn and George Brumder

020 Maria and Terry Tornek with Adele Binder

Maria and Terry Tornek with Adele Binder

021 Ann C. Rector, Juan Ruelas and Adele Binder

Ann C. Rector, Juan Ruelas and Adele Binder

023 Katia Ahmed, Juan Ruelas and Ann C. Rector

Katia Ahmed, Juan Ruelas and Ann C. Rector

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If you missed this warm and wonderful event, you missed the fun of mingling with the Madison parents and children and eating healthy fruit and pretzel snacks together (thanks to Board Member Stephanie Hall.) We tried out our Spanish, wielded a few shovels, and listened to the many words of gratitude from Mayor Terry Tornek, Superintendent Brian McDonald, and Madison Principal Juan Ruelas. The entire Pasadena School Board showed up!

We’re so grateful to the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the PUSD Health Department for getting us involved in this project, which will be used in all of the school’s pre-science classes – from kindergarten through 5th grade.

The Conservancy’s involvement includes: $15,000 for construction of the 40’ by 40’ main garden, kindergarten garden, and orchard; $4,000 for permanent benches to encourage parental participation; $3,000 for additional trees to be planted in late spring, and $3,000 for garden-related events.

We love working hand-in-hand with PUSD and PEF folks – as well as with the Madison parents and pupils. This relationship has led to synergies already, as Conservancy donors Adele Binder and Bea Bennett are setting up weekly reading by volunteers to second-graders, as well as a partner relationship with second-graders students from local private schools. What great synergies are springing from the collaboration of folks from different communities!