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Trust Fund Will Send 20 Seventh Graders to London in 2018


ADA, OK-- Thanks to one local doctor, 20 junior high school students have a very special trip to look forward to four years from now. One lucky seventh grade class is now working harder than ever to make the grade, which will in turn earn them a golden ticket. We visited Ada Junior High School to get the story.

"You have to come up with 'How can you make them think in terms of a long-term goal?'" said Dr. John Garber.

In honor of his late wife Alice, who was a seventh grade teacher at Ada Junior High, Garber created the "Mrs. A. Garber's Straight A Club."

Garber said: "I just decided it was time to come up with this program. And seventh graders because my wife was a science teacher of seventh grade."

In the holiday spirit of giving, Garber recently reached into his pocketbook and created a $40,000 trust fund for the class of 2019.

Seventh grade student Kaelie Miller said her entire class was in shock.

"I could see the excitement move through the crowd when he said it. Everyone was like 'Wow!' Amazing opportunity."    

The money will go toward taking 20 deserving students to London during the Spring of their junior year. The catch? They have to make straight A's from now until then.

"I'm going to try! I'm going to try my hardest," said Ada Junior High student Ethan Boles.

Miller said, "I had just taken a science test, so I was like 'I hope I got a good grade on it, so it will keep me having an A!"

It will be spring break of 2018 when 20 students from Ada's seventh grade class get to travel overseas. And they say they're already looking forward to checking things off their London bucket lists.

Boles said: "There are a lot of good authors there, I love to read. I love the Sherlock Holmes books, a lot of mysteries, stuff like that. And a lot of world history takes place in London."

Miller said: "I'd be most excited, definitely, just to see how everybody does things differently there. I know it's a lot different from America."

Garber says if there are more than 20 straight-A kids, the names will be drawn from a hat. And the others?

"Hey, I'm sorry," said Garber. "You'll just have to accept the $10,000 per year from OU for making good grades. So either way, you win."

Garber says he wants the program to motivate kids to do better, and that if his wife were still around, she would have one thing to say.

"Alice would say, 'John, I hope these kids bankrupt you and they all get straight A's.'"

Garber says he understands that some courses are harder than others, and will be slightly lenient with some kids. For example, he won't disqualify students who have made a B in an honors class. Other than that, he says the rules are pretty straightforward.