State Representative Doug Cox made a special visit to Grove's Early Childhood Center on Friday to welcome their newest student.

Not too long ago, Emmanuel Crawford was a little boy in Ghana, Africa working as a slave on a fishing boat.

He worked long days bailing water out of the boat until he was rescued by the founders of Touch-a-Life ministry which, at the time, was based in Neosho, Mo.

Through a series of events and relationships that, they said, is divine appointments, Emmanual came to be adopted by local dentists Stan and Audrey Crawford. The Crawfords brought Emmanuel to his new home last week in Grove.

"He is doing so great," said Stan Crawford who came to watch the presentation at the ECC. "I can't believe how much he can eat."

Emmanuel has been in an English speaking orphanage since his rescue and is now a student in Mrs. Daigle's class.

Cox presented him with an American flag, an Oklahoma flag and pinned an American flag pin on his Grove Ridgerunners T-shirt.

"We just wanted to welcome our newest citizen to America," Cox said.