Dedicated Involved Parents
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!
Last year, it cost us over $500,000 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.
Treasurer - Jill Bardet
Financial Secretary - Melanie Gragnani
Affiliate Programs - Lesley Cerwin
Promotes and manages our affiliate network, including Amazon, Ralph's, Stuck on You and more.
Annual Giving - Parisa Stepanek
Takes, prints and displays the photos of students holding their favorite books featured in the hallway outside the front office.
Plans, organizes and executes the Fall Fitness Fair & Turkey Trot event each November.
Farm - Leila Wells, Catherine Chittick & Sabrina Connery
Provides for the care and upkeep of our Colfax Farm and animals.
Garden - Whitney Wade
Maintains the Colfax garden for curricular use, making it an educational and inviting space for students, teachers & parents.
Going Green / Beautification - Kristin Engle
Executes design projects including flyers, Spirit Wear, website graphics, fence banners and more.
Organizes the band selection process and puts on the Rockin’ for Colfax concert each Spring.
Kids Lottery - Teri Dean & Jackie Patton
Organizes a raffle for students to win tickets to a teacher-sponsored event.
Plans the annual Colfax parents-only party held at an outside venue.
Party Book - Susie Kheel
Coordinates the hosts for Colfax Party Book and manages the schedule and ticket sales for all parties.
Photography - Innis Casey
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
Designs, orders, promotes and sells school t-shirts and other merchandise.
Technology - Lisa Adler
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 - Lisa Adler, Mike Bodkin & Julie Turner
Creates the annual Colfax Yearbook, including curating professional and parent photos, taking additional photos, laying out pages and managing the Yearbook order process.