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ADA, Okla. – The President’s Leadership Class (PLC) at East Central University recently volunteered their time to assist Willard Grade Center in Ada.

The PLC group helped students build and launch Estes rockets – a tradition for sixth-graders for over thirty years.

“We have over 200 sixth graders this year, so it’s an overwhelming project to take on,” said Tara Burns, principal at Willard Grade Center. “The students loved working with the President’s Leadership Class. We greatly appreciate all the help the PLC students provided with the project and are thankful for the partnership we have with East Central University and the positive impact it has on our students.”

This project was supported by funding from the President’s Circle, a group of individuals and businesses who provided targeted support for the advancement of ECU and the enhancement of educational experiences and opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

“I loved working the rocket launch! I am so proud of all the children's hard work and very honored to have been a part of their exciting day,” said ECU student Kylee Watson, a native of Tupelo.

The President’s Leadership Class is one of the premier freshmen scholarship programs made up of hand-selected students each year with only 25 student leaders selected for each class. Some of the opportunities PLC members have include interacting with leadership on campus, within the community and at the state-level, volunteering at local schools and other events and traveling to major U.S. cities to expand their knowledge on history and culture. For more information about PLC, visit

To view more photos from this event, visit our photo gallery.

(Pictured: Students from Willard Grade Center show off their rockets with ECU student Kylee Watson (left) and ECU president Wendell Godwin (back right).)

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