LIMA — Lima is just one of the many cities hosting a new spin on the traditional Easter egg hunts.
The Teen Leadership Class at Lima Central Catholic High School has challenged the community to decorate eggs and hang them in their front windows so families can drive around and “hunt” for them.
“There’s so much seriousness, it’s heavy right now,” said Deb Schnek whose students led the project. “The kids haven’t experienced anything like this, so this is the first time for them to really feel something this serious. They don’t know quite how to react all the time, so we’re trying to bring some normalcy back to everything.”
Candace Roberts and Kristen Williams, each of Lima, have children in the same class at St. Charles, heard about the challenge and immediately got their families involved.
“We go on walks when it’s nice outside, and we noticed that no one is decorating for Easter. There’s one house that usually goes crazy (in our neighborhood), and they don’t have anything up yet,” Williams said. “It’s hard to get into the holiday mode with everything going on, but this is kind of a little push.”
Williams and her daughter, Rylee, 6, enjoy doing crafts together so this was the perfect project for them. They gathered up their hefty supplies of construction paper, glue, markers, pom-poms and the likes.
“It’s when I’m the happiest, when we’re all sitting together doing something. We’re not on our phones, we’re not watching TV, we’re just sitting around the table connecting,” Williams said. “It’s so rare that we all get to be together so much.”
Rylee’s brother, Cameron, 13, wasn’t quite as enthused to be making eggs, but Williams said that made his little sister enjoy it that much more.
Williams heard about the idea from Roberts, whose two daughters Raegan, 9, and Reese, 6, decorated their windows.
“They were excited to do something everyone else could see that they were participating,” she said. “This is something that can get people out and in their cars, getting some fresh air and sunlight. It’s kind of nice to drive around and listen to music, it’s something different right now.”
Her family has plans to make the best of a nice weekend forecast to drive around and hunt for eggs.
Not only is this a way for Roberts to bring her family together, but she’s hopeful it will bring the community together during this time of social distancing.
“This gives people something to look forward to. Everyone usually does their own thing for Easter, and maybe this will become a new tradition for Lima,” she said.
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