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The Suburbanite
  • Easter egg hunt brings joy to Jackson children

  • They came with buckets and baskets and bags. With cheers and giggles the children descended on the ball fields and playground each dotted with brightly colored plastic eggs. As quickly as they could, the children scooped up the candy-filled eggs and it wasn't long before all 10,000 eggs were claimed.
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  • They came with buckets and baskets and bags.
    With cheers and giggles the children descended on the ball fields and playground each dotted with brightly colored plastic eggs. As quickly as they could, the children scooped up the candy-filled eggs and it wasn’t long before all 10,000 eggs were claimed.
    This year offered a much warmer and sunnier day for the annual Easter Egg Hunt held April 12 at North Park. The event was open to children ages “crawlers” to fourth-grade. Co-sponsors included the Jackson Girl Scouts service unit, Crosspoint United Methodist Church and the Jackson Township Public Works Dept.
    “This year looks like it will be another successful event,” said Denise Geissinger, leader of Girl Scout Troop 1022 and coordinator for the event. “It takes a lot of work to get it all done. We had various Girl Scout troops filling the eggs with candy donated by the Girl Scouts and the Jackson Parks Department.”
    The Easter Bunny was on hand for photos and to hold a hand or two. One of the mother's from the Girl Scouts, Kristina Perkins, was the main bunny this year. She posed with kids for photos and walked around the park.
    Kids were grouped together by age and lined up at the edge of the baseball fields and the kid's section in the park. When the official siren sounded, the kids raced to pick up three eggs each. They all went back to the starting line to wait for a second horn to blow for the free-for-all hunt.
    “We want to make sure that every child gets an egg so we start off with a three-egg limit for the first run,” Geissinger said. “And then the kids get to gather as many eggs as they can for the second part.”
    The Jackson Township Paramedics were on duty during the event and the Jackson Township Explorers patrolled the park and helped direct traffic. Visitors also received free drinks and donuts served by volunteers from the Crosspointe United Methodist Church.  
    “We always seem to have a good turnout for this event, rain, shine or snow,” Dave Ruwadi of Jackson Township Parks said. “It's a popular event and we usually get around 1,000 kids every year.”