Cordell Curleyhair has a meeting with President George
Bush in Washington, D.C., he'd like to make, but he needs the
public's help to get there.
St. Michael's High School senior was selected to participate in
the Presidential Classroom program, which brings together high-achieving
high school students from across the globe for a week-long immersion
into the ways of the U.S. government in the nation's capital. The
catch is the $1,175 he needs to make it happen, which will cover
the program's tuition fee, room and board.
already scraped together about $600 toward the cost of the round-trip
airfare, and is planning raffles and other events to help pay for
the rest. He's also set up an account with the Bank of America in
Gallup to collect donations specifically for the purpose.
in 1968, the non-profit civic education program gives students a
first-hand crash course on U.S. politics from the inside. During
an intense week of events, students attend seminars lead by government
employees from staffers to the vice president, work on week-long
group reports on current issues, participate in group discussions
and visit Capitol Hill and other D.C. landmarks.
want to get a better understanding of the government and hopefully
bring that back to our area, and use it after I get into college,"
said Curleyhair, who is thinking of studying biology or political
science after high school.
the week in D.C., from July 10 through July 17, Curleyhair said
there's also a scheduled meet-and-greet with President Bush over
dinner he's looking forward to.
he's never been east, it won't be the first time Curleyhair will
have met a sitting president. As the best friend of one of former
Navajo Nation President Kelsey Begaye's sons, he had the chance
to meet Bill Clinton during a dinner for special guests when the
president visited Shiprock in 2000.
also credits his close relations to the Begaye family, and trips
to the council chambers during his term, for his interest in politics.
interested in donating to Curleyhair's trip may deposit funds into
a special account the family opened with Bank of America in Gallup,
number 004275798279, by the first weekend in July. You may reach
the family by writing to P.O. Box 3846, Window Rock, AZ, 86515.