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Local children get 'eggcited'
Annual Easter hunts put smiles on faces
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Eighteen-month-old Jenna Gallagher hunts eggs with her big sisters class during Robinson Elementarys egg hunt for first graders on Good Friday. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

When the first graders at Robinson Elementary lined up at their door on Good Friday, there was a serious case of the wiggles going around. The playground full of stuffed eggs was calling their names and there was no time to waste.

"Oh my gosh. They are so excited," said first grade teacher Jennie Stowers. "Is it today? Is it today? They kept asking."

Eighteen-month-old Jenna Gallagher stood by grinning as droves of first graders flew past her into the open field to gather eggs.

Within seconds, hundreds of eggs were gone.

Jenna's big sister Clarissa, who is in Stowers' class, circled back around and helped her sibling find some of the last eggs available.

Grant Lawrence, a classmate of Clarissa's, did the same for his younger sister Ivy.

"We do this every year," said Bree Lawrence, Grant and Ivy's mom. "The Easter bunny will visit the house on Sunday."

This was the scene around elementary schools, churches and at the 30th annual community hunt that K.A.R.E. for Kids held at Veterans Memorial Park's football field on Saturday.

Kids across the county came out during the week leading up to Easter to find the coveted eggs.

"We put out 20,000 eggs and in about six minutes there were none left on the ground," said K.A.R.E. for Kids President David McKee.

"The egg hunt went great. The weather held off."

According to McKee the turnout was about what was expected with similar numbers to last year, a couple thousand people.

The March 26 event included a hunt for kids in five age groups.

The University of North Georgia softball team painted faces and kids had the opportunity to have pictures made with the Easter bunny.

"We partnered with the FFA who sold hot dogs," McKee said. "The Church at War Hill helped with volunteers."

K.A.R.E. for Kids is a nonprofit organization that helps provide Christmas and necessities for underprivileged children in Dawson County.