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Gila River Indian Community donates to Laveen preschool


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  • Kristen Landry/Laveen Elementary School District

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Members of the Gila River Tribal Education and Early Childhood Special Services departments donated numerous pieces of equipment to Laveen Elementary School’s developmental preschool.

The developmental preschool currently serves several children that are members of the Gila River Indian Community. Because Tribal Education does not offer programs to meet these students’ needs, they wanted to make a contribution that would help support the program and its students.

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Preschool students show off their new tricycles alongside Tribal Education and Early Childhood leaders (from left): Aurora Nevarez (Special Services program manager), Mario Molina (Tribal Education Director), Kandy Clauss (preschool coordinator), Sandra Bautista (preschool aide) and Meghan Lawrence (preschool teacher). Photo courtesy Laveen Elementary School District

When asked what was needed for the program, Preschool Coordinator Kandy Clauss, provided a wish list of 50 items. The list included equipment such as pint-sized chairs and “learn your numbers” carpet as well as activities such as tricycles, a book center, and mobile dress-up cart.

Imagine Clauss’s surprise when representatives from the Gila River Indian Community, including Tribal Education’s Director Mario Molina, arrived with trucks full of equipment.

Every item on the wish list had been fulfilled.

“This donation will have a tremendous impact on our preschool students,” Clauss said. “Each item will help further develop their skills and better prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.”

For more information about Laveen Elementary School District, please go to the website www.laveeneld.org.