ADA — Political Science Students at East Central University will be working in the Westside Neighborhood of Ada from March 23 to March 27 during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Westside Neighborhood is the quadrant of Ada west of Broadway and north of Main Street.

Residents who have work to be completed by students should call Dr. Christine Pappas at (580) 399-5819 or (580) 559-5640 to arrange for students to work.

Projects to be completed include yard work, mowing, trimming hedges, clearing out debris, or minor household help.

On Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26, students will be hosting a Kids Camp at Cornerstone Church, located at Ninth and Oak Street.

All school-aged kids are invited to attend this free camp. ECU students will be leading games and craft projects. The Camp will last from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Please call (580) 559-5640 to reserve your slot!

This service project will be completed at a free Community Dinner for Westside residents to be held on April 1 at Cornerstone Church, located at Ninth and Oak Street.

The dinner will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be free food, music and games for children. The dinner will be paid for with a grant from Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.

The Westside Project started to come together as a result of an act of violence last summer. Resident and renowned author LeAnne Howe Wilson’s house was pierced by a bullet fired in the street.

Wanting to improve conditions in her neighborhood, Wilson sought to bring her community together in a series of meetings at Cornerstone Church hosted by John and Sandy Mayhue. Neighbors have also met with City of Ada officials and ECU administration. The aim of the Week of Work is to continue building political community in the Westside Neighborhood.

To this end, political science students have been using a survey to collect the public opinion of Westside residents and will be presenting their findings to the City of Ada later this semester.

The events of the week are being planned by a special service learning section of American Government, taught by Dr. Christine Pappas.

Work will be carried out by these 46 students, as well as students from other political science and legal studies classes.

For more information phone Dr. Pappas at (580) 559-5640.

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