Easter Bunny is early

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

The Easter Bunny will visit Greenacres School a week early this Satur­day for its Mad Hat­ter’s Gala.

Hun­dreds of choco­late Easter eggs will be hid­den around the Tawa school’s grounds in an epic trea­sure hunt planned by gala or­gan­is­ers Steph Pettersson and An­gela Ran­dall.

A pa­rade of chil­dren’s hand­made Easter hats will be the cen­tre­piece of the gala at 1.30pm.

‘‘Ev­ery­body from the school turns up to watch the hat pa­rade, it’s huge,’’ Mrs Ran­dall says.

Greenacres has held its Mad Hat­ter’s Gala since 2011, but this year changed the tim­ing from Novem­ber to Easter so it would stand out from other school fairs, Mrs Pettersson says.

The pre­vi­ous two galas paid for a huge $39,000 play­ground, and this year or­gan­is­ers hope to raise $15,000 for new fur­ni­ture.

Aside from the trea­sure hunt, at­trac­tions in­clude pony rides, soc­cer, mini jeeps, Nerf gun shoot­ing, live mu­sic, gymnastics and auc­tions. Dis­plays of vin­tage cars and models trains are also ex­pected to pull crowds.

There’s no doubt the sweets are a big draw­card for school pupils though. When asked what he was look­ing for­ward to most, Mrs Pettersson’s son James said: ‘‘Eat­ing too much lol­lies – it’s go­ing to be awe­some.’’

Great eggspec­ta­tions: Satur­day’s Easter-themed Mad Hat­ter’s Gala at Greenacres School is set to be the big­gest yet. Pupil Ri­ley Di­a­mond, 6, says he is par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to the choco­late egg prizes.

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