For the past few days, fifth grade students at St Edmond Catholic School have been working hard to act as Easter bunnies.
The group made more than 500 eggs for the more than 100 students in kindergarten, transition kindergarten and preschool. The kindergarten and TK students looked for eggs on Wednesday, and the preschool children will be used next Tuesday.
“I think it’s great that the fifth graders wanted to do this,” said St. Edmond teacher Rita Anderson. “It was a really proud moment as a teacher and parent to first read through all the great ideas, have the discussions that followed and see the excitement build.
“We have very generous and thoughtful students and families who were also willing to help. We have so many great things happening and sometimes it’s hard to see with all the negativity around us in the world and on the news. It was a good reminder that good things exist and that sometimes it comes down to the simplest and simplest things.”
Anderson offered many different ideas for the charity project, but in the end it was the Easter egg hunt that won out.
“Government is an important part of our Catholic formation at St Edmond, so at the start of Lent I asked them what type of service project they would like to undertake.” said Anderson. “They were delighted to do this for our littlest Gaels.”
After figuring out how many eggs it would take to provide five for each student, Anderson asked for help. She had many replies in return.
“Many students said they had Easter eggs from their own hunt at home and we could reuse them.” She said. “The next day of class I had already received over 200. Then our Parent Teachers Association heard that we are doing this and they donated extra candy from the carnival that took place a few weeks ago. I bought the craft bags for the project so they would all be the same.
“Before the hunt, we spent class time decorating, filling, counting and recounting the bags to make sure each child got five. Although I have an idea with all the decorations, the students may get more.”
Said Ella, one of the fifth graders “Easter egg hunts are a lot of fun and we are doing a very nice gesture for the preschoolers and kindergarten.”
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 I’m looking forward to the most” he said. “Seeing my little brother Axton find the Easter eggs.”
The students’ last names were not released by the school.