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Friday, September 19, 2014
Liliana Ortiz, 4, with Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny played by volunteers from the Valley Stream Youth Council.
Easter Egg Hunt
It’s the most egg-cellent time of the year
Monica Rzewski/Herald
The chilly weather didn’t stop children from bundling up and looking for Easter eggs.

There are many events in Valley Stream that children look forward to every year, but one of their favorites is the Easter egg hunt at Hendrickson Park. It helps that they get to go home with some candy.

More than 200 children took park in the annual event last Saturday morning. Their eyes lit up when they saw colorful plastic Easter eggs, filled with little chocolate eggs, lining the field adjacent to the playground. And as soon as Recreation Department officials gave them the green light, they were off in a sprint, filling their bags with anything they could grab.

In total, there were nearly 2,800 eggs to be found between the two hunts. Children who found the gold and silver eggs won special prizes — giant chocolate rabbits donated by New York Elks Lodge No. 1.

About 25 teenagers from the Valley Stream Youth Council volunteered their time to help run the event. They even took turns dressing up as Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, delighting the children. After the egg hunt was over, about 50 more kids came to get their pictures taken with the giant furry rabbits.

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