PACE - Parents Association Colfax Elementary

Providing an enriched education for all children through fundraising excellence

PACE stands for ‘Parents Association Colfax Elementary’. All parents of Colfax students are automatically members of our organization -- grandparents, friends, neighbors and family members are welcome, too! We welcome everyone to participate in our full slate of activities throughout the school year. You can find out about all of our fundraisers here on this site!  


Why do we fundraise?


As parents, we appreciate the outstanding educational experience our children receive at Colfax. We also recognize it as a great privilege – one that we must all work together to preserve. Delivering this extraordinary education is not possible with LAUSD funds alone. So...we FUNDRAISE!


In a typical year, we raise over $600,000 to provide for the amazing classroom aides, enrichment staff, technology and programs that all Colfax students enjoy. The cost of providing these programs increases every year, so we need absolutely everyone to join us in our efforts!


 What does PACE fund?

Volunteer for a Committee


Who are we?

The PACE board consists of two volunteers per position, each serving a two year term. Our board is elected in the Spring of each year. If you're interested in running for a position, please see the front office for a form or check back on this site during the nomination process.




PACE Presidents - Heather Petrigala & Sarah HuYoung

VP Ways & Means - Kristin Engle & Sarah Cragnotti

VP Communications - Mia Lembke & Tina Sippy

VP Programs - Polina Abarca & Johanna Kichaven

Treasurer - Ryan Baylor

Financial Secretary - Adriann Dunlop

Secretaries (shared with PTA) - Patricia Dinsky & Hazel Sanchez

Volunteer Coordinators - Megan Pennie & Ashleigh Chu

Past President/Advisor - Susie Kheel




Annual Giving - Amy Shapiro & Lenna Poulatian

Cultivates family financial support for Colfax to help fund an enriched educational experience.
Bake Sale - Patricia Dinsky & Hazel Sanchez

Coordinates people to bake, set-up and sell goodies during various school functions.   


Beautification - Stevie Cogan, Octavio Chaidez & Brad Carr

Holds quarterly clean-up events for families to help keep our campus updated and beautiful.


Book Nook - Jeanne Simpson & Sarah Cragnotti

Collects gently used books all year long for sale during our wildly popular Book Nook event and at the World Fair.


Colfax CREW - Octavio Chaidez & Dave Cragnotti

Provides support to all committees in need of builders, movers, painters, power tools, skilled (and unskilled!) labor.
Community Sponsorship - Erica Reynoso & Polina Abarca

Secures funds, goods and services from local businesses beginning with World Fair and continuing year-round.   
Farm - Jackie Rodman
Provides for the care and upkeep of our Colfax Farm and animals.       
Garden - Whitney Wade & Vickey Brash

Maintains the Colfax garden for curricular use, making it an educational and inviting space for students, teachers & parents.
Green Team - Sabrina Ezros

Brainstorms new sustainability initiatives for Colfax to increase efficiency and reduce waste, as well as fostering an appreciation for our planet.
Grant Writing - Chris Gandhi

Researches & requests federal and private grants to support Colfax programs.
Graphic DesignClaire Barker, Dave Cogan & Vickey Brash

Executes design projects including flyers, Spirit Wear, website graphics, fence banners and more.


Kidchella (Rockin' for Colfax) - Chris Dingilian, Becca Dingilian, Dave Cogan, Stevie Cogan, Megan Pennie

Organizes the band selection process and puts on the Rockin’ for Colfax concert each Spring.      
Kids Lottery - Ashleigh Chu & Sarah Cragnotti

Organizes a raffle for students to win tickets to a teacher-sponsored event.


Parent Social - Alina Tsarouchas, Sunny Reagan & Amy Greenburg

Plans the annual Colfax parents-only party held at an outside venue.


Party Book - Apple Musni
Coordinates the hosts for Colfax Party Book and manages the schedule and ticket sales for all parties.

Photography - Christina Rule, Scott Uhlfelder & Jackie Rodman

Digitally documents school events for use in the yearbook, website, bulletin boards and social media.
Read-A-Thon - Martina Papinchak & Christina Wise

Facilitates our annual Read-A-Thon and encourages students to get pledges and read as many books as possible over a 3 week period.      
Restaurant Fundraisers - Kristin Engle & Sarah Cragnotti

Arranges local restaurants for special dine-out event where a percentage of all proceeds go to the school.
Running ClubPatricia and Bill Aronis

Supports program in which students can run laps before school every morning and track their progress.
School ToursJeanne Simpson

Leads a team of guides for biannual tours of Colfax given for prospective parents.
Spirit Wear - Jacey Kunka, Dave Cogan & MAK Lambert

Designs, orders, promotes and sells school t-shirts and other merchandise.
Technology - Jacey Kunka & Ali Argyle

Assists in the maintenance of this website and other school and PACE technology projects.


Turkey Trot / Fall Fitness Fair - Michelle Voetberg & Marshall Lewis

Plans, organizes and executes the Fall Fitness Fair & Turkey Trot event each November.

World Fair - Sarah HuYoung, Dan Kunka, Susie Kheel & Ashleigh Chu

Plans and executes PACE's largest fundraising event - our World Fair, which takes place each year in May.  This committee has dozens of different volunteer opportunities.  
World Fair Silent Auction - Julie Turner & Jennifer Rohde

Executes the Silent Auction component of the World Fair, including seeking and picking up donations, wrapping baskets, data input and day-of management.    
YearbookMaribel Gonzales & OPEN FOR CO-CHAIR - email for more info!

Creates the annual Colfax Yearbook, including curating professional and parent photos, taking additional photos, laying out pages and managing the Yearbook order process.


5th Grade Leads - Samantha Dorf, Nicole Eber & Christina Rule

Coordinates the 5th grade program including communicating with the 5th grade teacher team, managing the finances and overseeing the planning of Spooky Movie Night, Pali Camp, Culmination, Park Day, Graduation Party and the class Legacy Gift.




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What does PACE fund?

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