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December 7, 1999

THREE DREXEL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TRAVEL
TO INDIAN SCHOOL FOUNDED BY
BLESSED KATHARINE DREXEL

Three Drexel University seniors will travel to Saint Michael's Indian School in Window Rock, Arizona to evaluate and help find a solution for a drainage problem. The original buildings were constructed in 1902 and several of the limestone buildings are experiencing severe water damage to the foundations. This project is part of the students' course of studies as members of a senior engineering design team. The students, along with Father Charles Brinkman, director of the Drexel Newman Center, will leave for St. Michael's on Monday morning, December 13, 1999.

The Drexel connection to Saint Michael's School is two-fold. Saint Michael's Indian School is a kindergarten through twelfth grade school located in the heart of the Navajo Reservation. The school was founded by Blessed Katharine Drexel, niece of Anthony J. Drexel, founder of Drexel University.

Katharine Drexel was a Philadelphia woman who relinquished her personal fortune to establish schools and missions devoted to helping poor Native Americans and African-Americans. Katharine Drexel is very close to being canonized a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

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