By Carissa Hahn
The first annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s University Office of Residence Life, invites Winona-area children to campus and allows SMU students the opportunity to give back on Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Winona community is invited to the event, which will be held in Gostomski Fieldhouse. Children in grades four and under will have the opportunity to play games, search for Easter eggs and win prizes. Local businesses have contributed by making donations.
“I am really looking forward to seeing the Winona community families that show up. I am also excited to see everything come together,” said Saint Mary’s senior Julianne Bartosz. She has been planning the event as part of a public relations campaign for her capstone public relations course.
Bartosz is planning the event with Hall Director Marc Hartmann and a committee of volunteers, mainly SMU resident assistants. They have worked to recruit volunteers, plan games and activities for the community children, collect donations from local businesses and advertise the event in the community.
“I am thankful to have been working with a great group of volunteers,” said Bartosz. “It will mean a lot for them as well to see our work come together.”
More recent planning has been involved with converting the event from an outside event to an indoor event. According to Bartosz, the amount of snow on the ground has prevented the Easter egg hunt from being in its originally planned location, Saint Mary’s Park.
SMU students are encouraged to show up at the event to volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include overseeing the games and activities, helping children during the Easter egg hunt and assisting with parking. Interested volunteers can arrive at the Gostomski Fieldhouse at 12:30 p.m.
The Easter egg hunt is based on the Office of Residence Life’s Halloween Fun Night. The 2012 fall event brought about 800 community children to campus.