The Easter Bunny makes an early visit to the local school

Raina Fraizer, five, found another Easter Egg in her quest by finding five in total at the Tiny Learners Learning Center, Exeter.

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Raina Fraizer, five, found another Easter Egg in her quest by finding five in total at the Tiny Learners Learning Center, Exeter.

Tony Callaio | For the time leader



<p>Joey Latona, left, and Noah Thomas, both two, give the Easter Bunny the ‘five’ during the Tiny Learners Learning Center Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday.</p>
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Joey Latona, left, and Noah Thomas, both two, give the Easter Bunny the ‘five’ during the Tiny Learners Learning Center Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday.

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<p>Tiny Learners Learning Center teacher Miss Sharon Kopetchny, right, takes a photo of her class.  Left to right: Kyle Vincavage, 4, Joey Demark, 3, James Joyce, 3, Michael Thomas, 3, Madison Rogers, 4, Maria Mead, 4, Makenzie Argenio, 3, James Hewitt, 4 years old, Aubrey McDonnell, 3 years old.< /p> </p>
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Tiny Learners Learning Center teacher Miss Sharon Kopetchny, right, takes a photo of her class. Left to right: Kyle Vincavage, 4, Joey Demark, 3, James Joyce, 3, Michael Thomas, 3, Madison Rogers, 4, Maria Mead, 4, Makenzie Argenio, 3, James Hewitt, 4 years old, Aubrey McDonnell, 3 years old.

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<p>Four-year-old Maria Mead kisses the Easter Bunny as he leaves the Tiny Learners Learning Center in Exeter.</p>
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Four-year-old Maria Mead sends a kiss to the Easter Bunny as he leaves the Tiny Learners Learning Center, Exeter.

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EXETER – The Easter Bunny made an appearance at the Tiny Learners Learning Center a few days before Easter for the school’s first annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Two to five year old students participated in the school’s very first egg hunt. The nursery school opened its doors last August and currently has 30 students enrolled.

Kelly Bone, owner of the school, said the staff of seven students prepared for the Easter Bunny’s arrival on Wednesday morning.

“We told the kids all week if they dye Easter eggs and make Easter baskets there might be a special visitor coming and we would even have an Easter egg hunt,” Bone said. “We told them the Easter Bunny had called to tell us that he was leaving them presents and that if he could do that and the kids were nice, he would be there.”

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The staff asked the students to perform positive reinforcement exercises such as listening, doing their schoolwork, and following instructions to encourage good behavior in order to convince the Easter Bunny to show up to kindergarten.

“All of the students had a really good demeanor encouraging the bunny to visit,” Bone joked.

The students went out in two groups where they were able to collect up to five plastic eggs filled with candy. At the end of the hunt, the Easter Bunny handed out little boxes of hollow chocolate bunnies.

Three-year-old Mckenzie Argenio and Aubrey McDonnell eagerly awaited the Easter Bunny’s arrival at school.

“I was excited,” McKenzie said. “I was excited too,” Aubrey agreed. Both girls were happy to receive the candy-filled eggs.

“We had to color some eggs and dye them in color,” said Natalie Ruggles, five. “We also had to wear a blouse. We had bunny candy and I’m going to give it to my brother.

Due to COVID, the school complied with CDC regulations, including offering school programs that parents were not allowed to attend.

“We did a Christmas show that the parents couldn’t attend, so we recorded it for the parents and we just did our Easter show and recorded it as well,” Bone explained. “We uploaded both shows to our YouTube page for parents to watch at their convenience.”

For more information on the Tiny Learners Learning Center, visit https://tinyurl.com/epa9t7d6.

Alicia R. Rucker