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Over the past few days, grade five students at St. Edmond’s Catholic School have been hard at work playing the role of the Easter Bunny.
The group made over 500 eggs for over 100 kindergarten, transitional kindergarten and preschool students. Kindergarten and TK students searched for eggs on Wednesday, with preschoolers having their chance next Tuesday.
“I love that the fifth graders wanted to do this,” said Rita Anderson, a teacher at St. Edmond. “It was a really proud time as a teacher and a parent, to read all the great ideas initially, to have the follow-up discussions and to see the excitement build.
“We have very generous and caring students and families who have been willing to help as well. We have so many great things happening and sometimes it’s hard to see with all the negativity constantly surrounding us in the world and in the news. It was a good reminder that there is good out there and sometimes it’s the easiest and simplest things that count.
Anderson came up with many different ideas for the service project, but in the end, the Easter egg hunt won out.
“Stewardship is an important part of our Catholic training at St. Edmond, so with the start of the Lenten season, I had asked them what kind of service project they would like to do,” Anderson said. “They were very excited to do this for our little Gaels.”
After figuring out how many eggs would be needed to provide five for each student, Anderson asked for help. She got a lot of responses back.
“Many students said they had Easter eggs at home from their own hunts that we could reuse,” she says. “The next school day I had already received over 200. Then our parent-teacher connection heard we were doing this and they donated extra candies from the carnival held a few weeks ago. I bought the craft bags for the project so they are all the same.
“Before the hunt, we spent time in class decorating the bags, filling them, counting and recounting to ensure that each child received five. Although I have a hunch with all the decorations, the students could receive more.
One of the fifth graders, Ella, said “Easter egg hunts are great fun and we do a great thing for preschoolers and kindergarteners.”
Garrett, another, added, “We hope the Easter egg hunt is fun for everyone.”
As for Jace, he just wanted to see the pure joy on his brother’s face.
“That’s what excites me the most” he said. “Seeing my little brother Axton find the Easter eggs.”
The surnames of the students have not been released by the school.