WHILE observing public-health protocols, over 300 children participated in the Rotary Club of Saipan’s inaugural Community Easter Egg Hunt at Sugar King Park in Garapan on Saturday

Toddlers, 1 to 2 years old; pre-school children, 3 to 5 years old; elementary school students, 6 to 10 years old; and middle school students, 11 to 13 years old; scoured designated areas of the park in their search for  Easter eggs while high school students competed in an Easter egg decorating contest whose winners will be announced soon.

Prizes were given out to all the children who participated in the Easter egg hunt while moms and dads interviewed by Variety said they had as much fun as their kids.

Aside from the Saipan Rotarians, those who showed up at the park to support the event were Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, Rep. Leila Staffler, Rep. Jose Flores, Rep. Sheila Babauta and Kina Salas who represented Speaker Edmund S. Villagomez as judge in the Easter egg decorating contest.

Joann T. Aquino, Rotary Club of Saipan’s community service director, said: “I’m so happy the event was well attended and was very successful. The rain was not an obstacle, but a cleansing or a sprinkle of blessings upon our children and families.”

She added, “We accomplished our goal in delivering a community project that was beneficial to all. We look forward to planning future projects and programs that benefit our children and youth, and we will surely look forward to planning the next Easter event for 2022.”

She thanked all the businesses and individuals who sponsored the event, as well as government leaders, fellow Rotarians, Rotaract/Interact club members and other volunteers.

Rotary Club of Saipan president Sonya P. Dancoe, PE said they were “really glad that members of the community were able to come out.”

“The kids were really excited,” she added.

Dancoe said the event would not have been possible without donors and sponsors.

“We really are happy that we are able to do this. I think everybody appreciated it. And we want to do this again next year. We are hoping we can do a little bit more,” she said.

Mayor Apatang congratulated the Rotary Club of Saipan for hosting a successful event.

“The kids enjoyed it,” he said. “This is also a good way to do partnership with the private sector especially the Rotary Club. It also promotes Sugar King Park.”


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