The Pasadena Community was invited to tour the Jefferson School Campus on Saturday after the City Campus Transformed – Pasadena Now

Jefferson Elementary School, which closed in 2020, is now home to a new Pasadena library, a fire department training center, and the police department’s Police Action League (PAL) and Explorer Program facilities.

The City, in coordination with Councilwoman Felicia Williams, invites the community to explore these improved facilities on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for an open house and tour of the Jefferson School campus at 1500 E. Villa St.

“This is a great event to highlight the successful partnership between the City and the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) to reactivate the campus, bring the community together and provide more services to families and residents,” said Council Member Williams, adding to the school. improved and painted, acid pitches are planned.

“Soon, you’ll see kids on campus for after-school programs and library services. This is a creative and efficient use of school property that we can hopefully replicate on other campuses,” he said.

At Saturday’s Open House, community members can expect a fun day with Marshall Fundamental students providing musical entertainment, local businesses selling coffee and ice cream, and Pasadena firefighters offering free hot dogs.

“Look out for the police helicopter landing, firefighter display and arts and crafts in the library,” Williams said. “Most importantly, it’s a chance for neighbors to come together, build community, and even dress up in fire gear if you want!”

Jefferson Branch Library

The new Jefferson Branch Library will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PUSD also plans to offer a Homework Assistance program beginning in 2023.

Library special collections for education, including educator and homeschool collections, board games, video games, book club kits, Chromebooks and hotspots, capital-focused early reading kits, puzzles, juvenile Spanish materials, mental health kits, sensory storytime kits and STEAM kits.

The branch library also houses the City’s Office of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Information Centers.

For the residents of District 2, the newly renovated school and its combined facilities will undoubtedly add more opportunities and services.

“New services for the community include the library children and youth programs, the Police Activities League/Scouts, and we were able to find another site for pickleball here,” Williams said. “The fire training center has been here for over a year and has already completed three classes. With future Police Officers and Firefighters on campus interacting with neighbors, this sets the stage for strong community-first responder relationships and possibly even more recruitment from the community.”

The Pasadena Fire Department has converted some classrooms at Jefferson School into training labs for emergency medical care and fire and rescue simulations. Two classrooms are used for continuing education and in-service classroom training, and additional classrooms are used for office space, separate men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a health/exercise room. Outdoor areas are used for hands-on training, including vehicle extrication, hose and ladder operations, and scenario-based evolutions. The city said 14 of the department’s newest firefighters completed academy training in Jefferson.

A ‘pump pod’ has also been incorporated into the field to allow for water recycling during various exercises and to significantly reduce water wastage.

“A million thanks to former City Manager Steve Mermell, PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald and the PUSD Board for being forward thinking and taking advantage of this amazing opportunity,” Williams said. “Also for city staff to coordinate all the logistics with a laser focus on bringing more services to the community.”

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