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Happy Easter

by Sarah Hauck
Pre-schoolers are let loose on the playground during Trinity Lutheran's annual Easter egg hunt in Gardnerville.
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Egg Hunts

Johnson Lane Volunteer Fire Department hosts Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9 a.m. today, at the station, 1450 Stephanie Way, Minden. Information, Johnson Lane VFD on Facebook, www.jlvfd.org or 267-2675.

1862 David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort hosts Easter Egg Hunt 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. today at the resort, 2001 Foothills Road, Genoa. Two age groups: 6 and under, 7-12 year olds. Easter Bunny. Grand prize per age group for finding special egg. Free. Information, 783-0788 or on Facebook.

Carson Valley Active 20 30 Club hosts annual Easter Egg Hunt 1 p.m. today at Lampe Park, Gardnerville. Three age groups; infant-3 years old, 4-7 and 8-11. Hunt starts at 1 p.m. so arrive early. Easter Bunny. Baskets for two golden-eggs per age group. Information, Robbie, 209-256-1290.

For two best friends their Easter egg hunt had one mission, find the eggs with the chocolate kisses in them.

The girls were among more than 40 children at Trinity Lutheran Childcare Center who scoured the lawns and playground equipment Friday during the center’s annual egg hunt.

“I like finding Easter eggs,” Sierra Walker, 4, said. “I like them because they have candies in them.”

Three-year-old Camryn Wharton’s basket was rattling with her haul of plastic eggs filled with jellybeans and chocolates.

According to her grandmothers who had come to watch, the Trinity hunt was Camryn’s second of the year.

“We had our own egg hunt last week,” Tamie Jackson said. “She had a ball at that one and she seems to have had a good time here, too.”

Easter was about more than an egg hunt at Trinity Lutheran.

The children learned about the meaning of the holiday and presented a short Easter program.

“We came to the program and it was very cute,” Jackson said. “We like everything that the school does. They are really inclusive and do amazing things all while learning about God.”

As the 3-year-old classes scattered across Trinity’s playground lawn, Pat Lavars watched her granddaughter, Camryn.

This is was Lavars’ and Jackson’s first experience at the egg hunt.

“It is the kids that keep you young,” Lavars said. “It is always exciting to be around them, especially when they are doing something like this.”

Teacher of the Parrots, Samantha Anscott, has been a part of the Trinity egg hunt for three years.

More than 750 eggs were prepared for the students, each color representing a different element of the holiday, Anscott said.

“All week we’ve been trying to teach the kids about the meaning of the different colored eggs and how each one represents a different story,” she said. “We also like to teach them that just like an egg breaks open and there is new life, Easter is about the new life of Jesus.” Children also learned about the meaning behind Easter traditions like the jellybean and the Easter Bunny.

Arts and crafts were a main focus in Anscott’s classroom.

“I am a crafty person and I like to do crafts with the kids all week that tie in the story of Jesus,” she said. “It is fun to be able to dip into what the holiday is all about as well as do some fun activities with the kids. They are always so excited and that is what makes being a teacher so rewarding.”

Trinity Lutheran’s traditional Easter services with communion are 8 and 11 a.m. A praise service will be at 9:30 a.m. Easter breakfast will be served 8:30-10:30 a.m. with an Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m.