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Nursery school’s Bunny Trail is back on April 8
A child excitedly runs at the Kinsmen kick off of the popular egg hunt at the community centre. (Dave Van De Laar)

Organizers are gearing up for the popular Bunny Trail and Easter egg hunt again this year.

The Easter weekend ritual at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre attracts hundreds of children and families – and helps raise money for the Niagara Nursery School and Child Care Centre.

The egg hunt is organized by members of the NOTL Kinsmen Club, while the school plans the Bunny Trail, which includes a bake sale, children’s activities, Easter photo booth and the popular Touch a Truck.

It will be held Saturday, April 8, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with the egg hunt starting at 10 sharp. Cost is $5 per child and $15 for three or more kids.

“As a not-for-profit, we rely greatly on our fundraisers each year, from this need the Bunny Trail was born nearly 30 years ago,” said executive director Candice Penny.

“Every year our fundraising committee puts in an incredible effort to organize a fun family event that helps our school raise funds for much-needed classroom resources,” she said in an announcement.

“The Bunny Trail has become a much-beloved annual tradition for our community,” she added.

The Easter event kicks off what will be a year of celebration for staff, students and the  community as the school marks 50 years of operating.

The Lake Report published a series of stories about the school’s half-century last fall.

“With the nursery school’s expansion opening during the height of COVID, the staff and students are looking forward to what the 2023 year will bring,” said Penny.

The pandemic delayed the school’s 50th anniversary, but “with life getting back to ‘normal’ we are looking forward to finally marking this momentous occasion properly,” Penny said.

All money raised by the Bunny Trail and all future fundraisers goes back directly into programs and educational resources, such as updated tablets for the school’classrooms and equipment for itysthree playground spaces.

For more information on the Bunny Trail, see the school’s website at niagaranurseryschool.ca. The school also welcomes cash sponsorships from residents or businesses. Email niagaranurserydirector2@gmail.com to make arrangements.

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