Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Hour of work, minutes of fun

Lions Easter Egg Hunt draws about 200 children to LMS

April 5, 2007

Four thousand eggs decorated the fields at Lansing Middle School for a short time early Saturday morning until children, armed with containers of all sizes and colors, scooped them up.

Vicki Sperl, Lansing Lions Club member and one of the organizers of the egg hunt, said it took the club members about an hour to put the eggs out and about five minutes for the children to pick them up.

Each year, club members arrive well before the 9 a.m. start time of the egg hunt.

This year the members arrived at 7:30 a.m. to put out the eggs, Sperl said.

The Lansing Lions Club, which is a nonprofit community service organization, raises the money for the Easter egg hunt through sponsors, Sperl said.

Sperl said this is the ninth year the Lansing Lions Club has put on the hunt. She said about 200 people were at the egg hunt Saturday, but that the size of the crowd varied each year.

"Today we didn't get as many as we normally do because of the weather," she said.

Louis Sperl, Lion's club member and egg hunt organizer, said another factor in the turnout could have been the other egg hunts going on in the area.

He said a huge Easter egg hunt was at the Kansas Speedway on Saturday as well.

He said next year his wife, Vicki, was thinking about a flashlight egg hunt at night to lessen the competition with other egg hunts.

Julie Feldkamp-Scragg, Lansing resident, said she found out about the egg hunt because "my kids brought home a flier from school."

Feldkamp-Scragg said she thought the egg hunt was great and that she especially liked the fact that the fields were divided into age divisions.

- Kim Lynch is a University of Kansas journalism student whose work will appear this semester in The Current.

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