DSC_0089What do you get when you fill more than 3,000 Easter eggs with candy—and offer another 5,000 pieces as prizes at a carnival? An Easter Egg Hunt like no other, that’s what!

Members of Saint Viator’s Student Council hosted their 14th annual Easter Egg Hunt & Carnival on Sunday and it drew 215 children, between the ages of 2 – 10, and another 400 parents and grandparents.

DSC_0059Of course, not all 3,000 Easter eggs were put out on the lawn at once. There was some order to this process. Egg hunts were divided by age groups—and during each one, children scurried to fill their baskets.

“It was a blast,” declares Mrs. JoAnne Francis, director of student activities.

Student Council members spent weeks preparing for the carnival, between planning the games, as well as shopping for candy, filling the eggs and scheduling volunteers.

DSC_0077But once the little ones started coming, and they saw all the decorations and the Easter Bunny, their smiles radiated and the fun began.

At the start of this Saint Viator tradition, Student Council members aimed to provide a family activity for the neighboring community. Over the years, it has become a big draw for alumni and their families to come back to their school—and for faculty and their children, and even grandchildren.

Children made quite a day of it. Way before the egg hunts got under way, little ones and their families found the Cahill Gymnasium converted into a vibrant fun fair, complete with more than 20 games and crafts, face painting and prizes.

DSC_0040Best of all, children and their families get to meet and mingle with the Student Council members themselves, who serve as ambassadors for Saint Viator.

“Over the years, this event has built positive relationships with our neighboring parish families, alumni and current families,” Mrs. Francis adds. “It also provides a wonderful service experience for our students—and demonstrates that there are many good teenagers!”