On Saturday, April 8, Dublin’s Truth Community Service Work Gang team—Dylan Hackle, Emily Field, Diamond Miller, Will Boot, and Olivia White, led by Ms. Rachael Jennings—braved chilly winds and an hour’s drive for a wonderful volunteer experience at the State House in Concord. After hearing about the event from a local parent, Beth Brown, the Community Service team eagerly took up the offer to volunteer at the governor’s Easter Egg Hunt, but they did not know what to expect.
At the Easter Egg Hunt, which took place on the green of the State House, the Work Gang team helped make cotton candy and popcorn, gather kids for different age-group egg hunts, chat with kids and help them find eggs if they needed extra support, and painted faces with rainbows, Easter eggs, bunnies, and ice cream cones. Over one hundred children attended!
The Dublin volunteers laughed a lot, shared a few pairs of gloves that constantly braved the frigid winds (all the while, painting faces of three-to-five-year-olds), and became expert cotton candy whirlers. A few students even revealed their hidden artistic talents by turning children into veritable cheerful rabbits—all with a few pastel face paints!
The snacking, chatting, and face painting culminated in the grand parade of the police brigade on their horses, fire trucks, and the Easter Bunny: wide-eyed, pink-faced, and festive! Once the Easter Bunny arrived, much to the joy and amazement of the local children, Governor Sununu welcomed the crowds, wished them the best, and announced the start of the Easter egg hunt! Children, all decked with their Easter garb and wicker baskets, gathered eggs, all seeking eggs that held the coveted golden tickets that would lead them to even more candy!
After the event, Ms. Brown gathered the team together to not only meet the Easter Bunny, but to meet Governor Chis Sununu himself! After the children had cleared away for warmer venues and the decorative firetrucks were rolling down the street, Mr. Sununu stopped to talk with Dublin students about the day, their experience, and their school. Repping Dublin gear (some of which was buried under layers), we posed for a photo opp!