The Boardman Kiwanis held its annual kindergarten Easter egg hunt April 8 at Boardman Park's Tot Town playground. The event was staffed with kids from the Boardman High School Key Club.
''This is the 64th year for this event,'' said Kiwanis event chairman George Basista. ''If you took part in the first one, you would now be 70 years old.''
The event started at 9 a.m. when buses of kindergarteners from Robinwood and West Boulevard elementary schools arrived. The kids were led into Tots Town by the Easter Bunny, who is also known as Boardman High School Key Club vice president Sharukh Kahn. The kids got to pick up four plastic eggs, after which they went to the nearby pavilion for a drink and snack before heading back to school. Inside the eggs was a variety of candy.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Boardman Park was full of laughter on April 8 as the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. Sharukh Kahn, BHS Key Club vice president) led the Market Street and Stadium Drive kindergarteners to where the eggs are.
The second session featured kindergarteners from Stadium Drive and Market Street elementary schools.
Key Club president Nicole Zitello said her club is always on hand to assist the kids during the hunt. The Key Club is sponsored by Boardman Kiwanis, who also sponsors the South Range Key Club. This year South Range was unable to attend.
In the morning session there were 730 eggs placed and in the noon session there were 760. Each egg was filled with candy and no one knew what they were getting until they sat down in the pavilion and opened them. Afterwards, the plastic shells were collected to be used next year.
''We always recycle the plastic eggs,'' Zitello said.
Zitello started doing the event when she joined Key Club as a freshman. Last year the event was canceled because of snow, but she was glad to be back this year, and looks forward to staffing the event in her senior year.