Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona


Supporters of the San Xavier Mission School have raised enough money for a much-needed expansion. The $1.3 million raised by selling candy bars, bowls of menudo and baked goods along with seeking large individual gifts is enough to build four new classrooms, a computer room, more bathrooms, a teachers lounge and an outdoor patio where tribal elders can tell stories and children can do traditional dances. They also will add four new teachers, allowing each grade its own classroom. "The building costs are there," said Sister Jackie Koenig, the school's principal. "Things are starting to happen." A fund-raising campaign included major gifts from an anonymous donor as well as the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'Odham Nation, the Catholic Diocese of Tucson and the Franciscan Friars