Waverly Comm shows Easter is on its way

By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal
Children and their parents eat breakfast together at the Comm. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Madox Karam, 4, of Waverly, puts an ‘O’ on the board while Althea Frederick, 3, of Clarks Summit, waits to block while playing Easter tic-tac-toe. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
From left, Taren Shiffer, 8, Peyton Kochick, 5, and Patrick Strong, 5, all of Clarks Summit, wear bunny ears they created at the event. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
The Easter bunny makwa his way to the auditorium as children look on. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Caitlyn Walega, 3, left, and her sister, Clare, 17 months, of Carbondale Twp., sit with the Easter bunny. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Clara Jackson, 2, and her sister Eva, 4, bring their baskets for the Easter egg hunt. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
Maxwell Bartal, 6, of Pittston Twp., as the Easter egg, and Olivia Yackobovitz, 10, of Moosic, as Peter Rabbit. - - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

WAVERLY — Volunteers at the Waverly Comm’s gymnasium started everyone’s day with a hearty breakfast Saturday morning, a meal that gave children the energy they needed to do the activities that Breakfast with the Bunny and Easter Egg Hunt had to offer.

Children played games such as Easter tic-tac-toe. They shot a ball into a flower pot. They also made arts and crafts, including bunny ears to wear on their heads.

Just like the Comm’s Valentine’s Day party, high school students from Abington Heights, Our Lady of Peace, and Lackawanna Trail volunteered to help with the activities. Abington Heights senior Mashka Sutton showed children how to decorate paper bags with designs such as stickers and glitter.

“I think it’s a pretty good turnout,” she said. “It’s nice to have the community together. If some people don’t know each other, they could now.”

The games and activities put the kids in the Easter spirit for a meet and greet with the Easter bunny. Children lined up at the gym’s auditorium to sit on the bench with him as their parents took photos. Shannon Gula, who teaches the Comm’s after-school program called COMM Kids, escorted kids up the stairs to see the bunny, marking the first time she volunteer at the event.

“It was a nice experience seeing the kids get dressed up and seeing the Easter bunny,” she said.

And dressed up, they were. Three-year-old Caitlyn Walega and her 17-month-old sister Clare wore matching flowery dresses and bunny-ear head bands.

“I love coming to the holiday events here,” said their mother Dawn.

Dawn, her husband, and their daughters come from Carbondale Twp. to attend the Comm’s events such as this one and the Valentine’s Day party. Caitlyn and Clare also take music classes, taught by Cheryl Mozdian, at the Comm.

The kids then participated in the Easter egg hunt held in the Comm’s Madison Room and the board room. Children brought their own baskets to fill with eggs. After taking prizes out of their eggs, the children placed the empty shells in a large bin to recycle them for next year.

“The Easter egg hunt was the best,” said 4-year-old Eva Jackson, of Clarks Summit, who looked for eggs with her 2-year-old sister Clara.

Children and their parents eat breakfast together at the Comm.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm1.jpgChildren and their parents eat breakfast together at the Comm. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Madox Karam, 4, of Waverly, puts an ‘O’ on the board while Althea Frederick, 3, of Clarks Summit, waits to block while playing Easter tic-tac-toe.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm2.jpgMadox Karam, 4, of Waverly, puts an ‘O’ on the board while Althea Frederick, 3, of Clarks Summit, waits to block while playing Easter tic-tac-toe. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

From left, Taren Shiffer, 8, Peyton Kochick, 5, and Patrick Strong, 5, all of Clarks Summit, wear bunny ears they created at the event.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm3.jpgFrom left, Taren Shiffer, 8, Peyton Kochick, 5, and Patrick Strong, 5, all of Clarks Summit, wear bunny ears they created at the event. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

The Easter bunny makwa his way to the auditorium as children look on.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm4.jpgThe Easter bunny makwa his way to the auditorium as children look on. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Caitlyn Walega, 3, left, and her sister, Clare, 17 months, of Carbondale Twp., sit with the Easter bunny.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm5.jpgCaitlyn Walega, 3, left, and her sister, Clare, 17 months, of Carbondale Twp., sit with the Easter bunny. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Clara Jackson, 2, and her sister Eva, 4, bring their baskets for the Easter egg hunt.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm6.jpgClara Jackson, 2, and her sister Eva, 4, bring their baskets for the Easter egg hunt. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

Maxwell Bartal, 6, of Pittston Twp., as the Easter egg, and Olivia Yackobovitz, 10, of Moosic, as Peter Rabbit.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/web1_Comm7.jpgMaxwell Bartal, 6, of Pittston Twp., as the Easter egg, and Olivia Yackobovitz, 10, of Moosic, as Peter Rabbit. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

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