By Haley Earl and Nadine Buckley
On Saturday, March 31st, the sun was shining warmly despite the chilly wind. It would have been perfect weather for an Easter Egg hunt, if only it hadn’t rained for days before, soaking the ground. That didn’t dampen the spirits of egg hunters who moved indoors to look for plastic eggs instead.
The idea for the egg hunt was first proposed to Student Council in the fall by Student Council leader, Mrs. Othites, simply because of her love for the holiday. Then around mid-winter, it was discovered that Shenango Township was also planning a similar egg hunt. Plans were made to combine the two events into one fun-filled day.
Student Council and members of Shenango Volunteer Fire Department hid the eggs in places around the school: the auditorium, room 100, the courtyard, and the hallways. Sophomore Student Council member Caitlyn Ollinger said “Once we found out that there was no way we were going to be able to hide all of the eggs in the courtyard and room 100 alone, we just started scattering them in the hallway,” she said. “It looked a bit like a little ball-pit. The kids didn’t mind at all. They loved it.”
“Student Council bought eggs and so did the township,” said Mrs. Othites. “The township also provided candy to fill them. There were a total of 3,020 eggs and they were all filled!”To ensure each kid got a fair share, egg hunters were limited to 25 eggs each.
Aside from the egg hunt itself, there was plenty more to make the kids’ day enjoyable, including a fire truck for them to sit in. Chalk of every color was supplied for them to create their own works of art on the sidewalk outside, or they could be works of art themselves and have their faces painted. Raffle drawings were held for various prizes, and the Easter Bunny himself made an appearance! Mrs. Othites said that her favorite part was seeing the kids get excited and have fun while hunting the eggs, and she looks forward to making this a Shenango tradition.