Easter holiday ‘a time to give back to the children’

Estimated 800 enjoy community egg hunt

By Stephanie Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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ROCKINGHAM — There was plenty of room this time.

Tyrannia Ellerbe and fellow volunteers with Sister Circle, PG’s Young Soldiers and Women of Color Who Uplift and Unite all pitched Monday afternoon in to offer nearly 800 people a bit of outdoor fun with an Easter egg hunt at Falling Creek Park in Rockingham.

The turnout for this, the fourth annual event,was nearly double last year’s 450 people. But last year was when Ellerbe decided to move the hunt from her Little Street home to a more appropriate venue.

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Jamia Williams, 9, of Hamlet, (left), was declared winner of the dance contest.

Stephanie Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Jamia Williams, 9, of Hamlet, (left), was declared winner of the dance contest.

Ellerbe’s mother, Alisa Alston of Marshville, said her daughter had a wonderful mentor and teacher while growing up in Mary Fowler. Fowler coordinated an Easter Monday egg hunt for the community.

“I think that was her inspiration,” Alston said. “Easter is a time to give back to the children. After all, Christ gave everything for us.”

Children enjoyed a dunk tank and two bounce houses, food, drinks and a DJ. A little more than 130 people participated in the event’s first year.

Egg hunters were divided into four age groups: 0-3, 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16. More than 5,000 plastic and hardboiled eggs were prepared and hidden for the event.

Washington Street Elementary School student Jamia Williams, 9, of Hamlet, won the dance contest. It was close; judges narrowed the field from the start to an NCAA tournament bracket-inspired Final Four before selecting Williams the winner.

 

 

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