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!
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
PACE COMMITTEE LEADS
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 Design - Claire 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 Club - Patricia and Bill Aronis
Supports program in which students can run laps before school every morning and track their progress.
School Tours - Jeanne 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.
Yearbook - Maribel Gonzales & OPEN FOR CO-CHAIR - email email@example.com 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.