Several school administrators, legislators and civic leaders took a helicopter ride Wednesday in Leavenworth.

They were the guests of members of the Kansas Army National Guard, who visited Leavenworth High School to inform about the educational benefits of the National Guard.

Pilots of a UH 60 Black Hawk helicopter took passengers on five flights as part of the event. Each flight was about 10 minutes.

“This gives us the opportunity to highlight the educational benefits of the Kansas Army National Guard,” said Capt. Chris Koochel, recruiting commander. “We want to give educators and other leaders the tools necessary to educate young students on the benefits that we have to offer.”

The event was called Operation Community Connect and attracted more than 50 school administrators and guidance counselors from Leavenworth, Lansing and the greater Kansas City area. Administrators from the University of Saint Mary also attended the event.

“They shared great information for our students about career opportunities or finding ways to pay for post-secondary education,” said Stacey Cole, assistant principal at Leavenworth High School. “They had stats on what was available at the state and federal level about funding for tuition.”