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“Learn By Playing” Educational Toy Drive to Benefit Native Children at Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation

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Native Solidarity Project is excited to announce the “Learn By Playing Toy Drive,” a new partnership with the Intertribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) aiming to enrich their Head Start Program with educational toys, books and teaching resources donated by members of the Burning Man community.

Head Start is a program that provides early childhood education and care to preschool age children. ITCN manages eleven Head Start classrooms for Native American children in Nevada, helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. 

Burning Man participants who travel through the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation can donate Educational Toys & Books for children up to age 12 on their way into the event.  ITCN will toy distribute donations according to age and need to the appropriate local tribal school. If you have questions about what type of items we are looking for, please contact Margaret Gunshows from ITCN Head Start at ‭+1 (775) 530-5518‬ or mgunshows@itcn.org.

Please consider donating an educational toy at one of the following Toy Drive Drop Off Locations on your way to Burning Man 2023:

= Wadsworth Head Start 380 Pyramid Street, Wadsworth, NV 89442
= Nixon Head Start 195 W Pyramid Lake Road, Nixon, NV 89424
= PLPT Food Distribution Warehouse 11 Brady St, Wadsworth, NV 89442
= Nixon Tribal Store NV-447
= I-80 Smoke Shop in Wadsworth

Online orders of Educational Toys + Books can also be mailed to this address:

Margaret Gunshows
Head Start Program
Intertribal Council Of Nevada
PO Box 7440
Reno, NV 89510

The Learn By Playing team has set a goal of raising $400 for each of the eleven tribal pre-school classrooms in Nevada to enhance the learning environment & purchase educational supplies.  DONATE to help us reach this goal via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donate/994659455280634/1603278283415637/

We are looking for volunteers to help raise awareness about this easy way to enrich the lives of Native American children, and are recruiting drivers to help transport donated items from California to Nevada.  To lend a hand, or arrange logistics for any toy or book donations, contact Kitten Calfee at 415-760-2352 or email native.solidarity.project@gmail.com

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