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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Multigenerational Easter Egg Hunt

  • Children of Harrisburg and the residents of Shawnee Rose Care Center enjoyed an Easter tradition as the care center hosted its 2014 Easter Egg Hunt.
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  • Children of Harrisburg and the residents of Shawnee Rose Care Center enjoyed an Easter tradition as the care center hosted its 2014 Easter Egg Hunt.
    Chief administrator Susie Williams said though this was her first Easter Egg hunt, the center hosted one usually every other year.
    “It helps bring the community together and it lets the residents and kids interact with each other. It keeps the generations together,” Williams said.
    It was a mild, sunny spring day for the hunt and the Easter Bunny made a surprise appearance, much to the children's delight. He circulated through the crowd, giving “high paws,” shaking hands and posing for pictures. The children were separated into several groups by age and on Williams’ signal rushed across the centers back lawn, gleefully running from egg to egg popping the brightly colored plastic eggs, each filled with a sweet treat, into their baskets and rushing to the next egg they saw.
    Very soon, the eggs were gathered into baskets and the children, staff and parents all assisted the children tally their hauls.
    The four children who had the most eggs were awarded gift 'Easter Baskets' and obediently lined up to receive applause from residents, parents and staff. Pictures were snapped and the crowd began to disperse for home, the children looking forward to sampling the candy in their eggs.
    When asked if he received an extra ration of carrots for his participation, the Easter Bunny hopped up and down and excitedly nodded, “Yes!”

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