April 12, 2017 07:36 PM
The Easter Bunny had some extra help on Wednesday, from high school students in Eveleth.
Students in the Iron Range Youth in Action group delivered candy-filled eggs to the Franklin elementary, to surprise the kids.
"We're handing out Easter eggs in class, to make the kids think the Easter Bunny was here. We wanted something to make them smile," said Emma Westby, a 9th grader.
There were plenty of smiles, as the kids came back from lunch and immediately searched for the eggs. The older students left notes that Easter Bunny helpers had dropped by.
Teachers weren't left out. They received $50 gift cards to Target.
"We know elementary teachers spend a lot of their own money on decorations. So we thought it would be a good idea to help out with that," explained Ashley Pionk, also a 9th grader.
It was fun to be back at Franklin, for these older students.
"It brought back a lot of memories, as soon as I walked into the classroom. It was a good time," recalled Mikayla Kibbe.
And in Mrs. Bittman's 4th grade class, there were real chicken eggs in an incubator. And one of them started hatching during lunch.
"They spend 21 days in incubation, in their cycle of growing," explained Zach Nelson, one of the students.
The chicks are part of a lesson about the life cycle and development, that happens each Easter-time.
But the students know Easter is more than just chicks and candy-filled eggs.
"It's not just about the treats. It's about making people happy," said Jaden Johnson, another 4th grader.
Zach added, "It's about family."
The IRYA students fundraised throughout the year to buy the gift cards. They try and do a service project each month.
Updated: April 12, 2017 07:36 PM
Created: April 12, 2017 04:39 PM
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