Area children were presented with an egg-cellent opportunity on Monday to gather some knowledge along with Easter eggs.
The American Legion and Auxiliary of Post 319 on Martin Luther King Boulevard hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt and children’s activities on Monday afternoon for area children and youth.
“April is the American Legion and Auxiliary’s Children and Youth month,” said Helen Faison with the Auxiliary. This year the children had the chance to listen to a retired guidance counselor as the speaker before the egg hunt.
“This has been going on since I can remember,” said Faison. “Each year I want to make it better.” Gifts were provided to the kids after the hunt, and included items like bats and whiffle balls, frisbees, hula hoops and other gear with the purpose of encouraging the kids to be active.
“We want the kids to eat healthy and stay trim,” said Faison.
Luther Moore spoke to the kids, reminding them about the importance of focusing on education and learning.
“It’s really important to read,” Moore told the kids. He also encouraged them to think towards their futures, and about going to college and their careers, no matter what they wanted to do.
“Work real hard,” he said. “Do your best and work hard in school.” He also reminded the kids that they may not be able to do everything they want to do right now but they will have more freedom when they are older.
“When you get grown you can do something you want to do,” added Moore.
After the Easter egg hunt the children came back in for their gifts which included pencils, balls, crayons, and other items.
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