Typical celebration secret to its success [UPDATED]Published 9:37am Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Updated 11:39am Tuesday, March 26, 2013
It’s a typical Easter themed celebration, with bright pastel decorations, music, and, of course, an egg hunt across the grounds of the Ashby Public School. But for Marie Hoffman, who has put together the event with the Community Education Association for more than 10 years, that might be the secret to its success.
“I always have different snacks and different prizes,” said Hoffman. “But when you’ve got something good and the kids enjoy it, I figure just keep going with it.”
The Easter celebration, which will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Ashby Public School, features games, prizes, snacks, egg coloring and crafts. The day has always ended with a hunt for over 300 plastic eggs hidden inside and outside of the school.
“The excitement and anticipation they have when they’re looking for all those eggs, that’s just fun,” said Hoffman.
While the snow will be keeping the hunt inside this year, Hoffman said they still expect a large turnout of children, which has been as high as 60 in the past.
Parents must register their children for the event by Wednesday. A $5 fee is taken for each child who participates.
That money goes towards buying door prizes and ensuring that the event will last for years to come. The door prizes include games, gift certificates for things like ice cream cones at McDonald’s and other restaurants, sidewalk chalk, and much more. Each child who is registered walks away from the event having won something.
“I really enjoy the door prizes,” said Hoffman. “I love seeing their faces when I draw their names and they come up to see what they’ve won. Everyone is always so excited.”
Prizes are drawn for adults as well, making the day a fun experience that can be shared by the whole family.
For Ashby mom Michelle Foreman, the day is a fun way to spend time with her children and friends in the Ashby community.
“Marie and the volunteers always make it very beautiful and welcoming,” said Foreman. “It’s just a great way to spend a Saturday, especially in this weather.”
The day is, of course, centered around the kids. But the involvement of the Ashby community is something Hoffman believes lends to the events longevity.
“It brings me back to some of the kids I haven’t seen in a year,” said Hoffman. “It’s really just a fun thing for the community to get together with.”
With so many hours going in to organizing the event each year, Hoffman said it’s the children that have kept her involved for so long.
“It’s just their excitement and anticipation and how grateful they all are with the hugs they always give me,” said Hoffman. “It makes it all totally worth