The Public Education Foundation will partner with The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to distribute more than 1,000 headphones for students, plus gift cards to the Teacher EXCHANGE for every teacher at Park and Paradise elementary schools.

A generous $25,000 donation from The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is making the special back-to-school supply distribution possible. The donation is part of a recent $250,000 contribution the tribe made to eight Las Vegas nonprofit organizations providing emergency support during the pandemic.

“The gift of these noise-canceling headphones will be an enormous help to students participating in online learning so they can better participate in class and tune out distractions at home,” said Miriam Benetiz, principal of Park Elementary School. “We’re thankful to The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for this generous donation.”

“Memberships to the Teacher EXCHANGE are a special way to show appreciation to our teachers who are now back in the classroom, setting up their areas and providing materials to their students in need,” said Annemarie Stover, principal of Paradise Elementary School.

Kelley Tucky, vice president of strategic communications for The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said the tribe made the donation in part to recognize the hardship students and teachers have experienced due to school closures this year.

“We know it has been a difficult school year for students and teachers,” Tucky said. “The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians hopes this donation will provide support to students and teachers who need it the most so they know our community wants them to succeed, especially during these hard times.”