On Saturday, April 13, the Our Lady of the Lake University Education Department hosted the annual Easter Egg Extravaganza. This free event was open to the public and served as an opportunity to provide a safe and fun experience for San Antonio children to celebrate the Easter season. Approximately 400 people attended the event.

Volunteers began setting up in the Mall area around 8:30 a.m. before the event kicked off at 9:00 a.m. However, the event was moved to Chapel Auditorium within the first 30 minutes due to the weather. Throughout the event, OLLU Professors of Education, Dr. Belinda Schouten and Dr. Jerrie Jackson, expressed their appreciation for the flexibility of the volunteers.

Mara Chavira, Valerie Mulcahy and Raquel Pilgrim strand beads while running the friendship bracelet table at the Easter Eggstravaganza. Multiple tables were set up to provide an array of crafts for students to participate in at the event.

Volunteers for the event included education students needing observation hours, educators in the community, and OLLU students seeking volunteer opportunities. Different tables were set up to include a variety of activities for the children to participate in, including arts and crafts, face painting, making seed bombs, shooting basketballs and making friendship bracelets. Starting around 11:00 a.m. children were separated into age brackets to engage in Easter Egg hunts throughout the Main and Moye buildings. Candy and additional prizes were donated for the event. Free food, popcorn, snow cones, and paletas were also provided.

Brianna de León paints a flower onto Gerson Gutierrez’s arm at the face painting both at the Easter Eggstravaganza event.

Riley Garcia helped with creating seed bombs. Garcia had a fun time creating the “little balls of flowers,” for the children, she said.

Leading up to the event, Dr. Schouten emphasized her support for her community and how this event is an important opportunity to provide local children a safe event to celebrate Easter, and student Annie Villarreal agrees. “I think it is very important because there are people who don’t go out often because they feel unsafe where they are living to come out to with their kids in a fun, free, safe zone since there are officers all around,” she said

Garcia echoed this idea and said it is very important to have an event like this for the community, “because it brings the community together and children who do not have in there household or outside of school can have fun here as part of the OLLU community.”

Gerardo Zavala also helped with creating the seed bombs and emphasized the importance of the Easter Eggstravaganza. “I think it’s very important because it shows that people can be there for one another in the same goal of having fun and enjoying each others company,” he said.

Annie Villareal, Riley Garcia and Gerardo Zavala mix together clay, soil and seeds while working the seed bomb station at the Easter Eggstravaganza event. All three emphasized the benefits hosting this event has on the community, including bringing community children together to enjoy one another’s company.

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