By Katie Weitkamp/Around&About editor

Eastern wants to give an Easter gift to children in the area. That gift is to spend the day with a student this Easter season. The Easter Season Program was designed to show area children Eastern’s campus and spend time with them while helping them make crafts to give to their families for Easter.Originally the program was to last two days this weekend, one for children of Madison Avenue Apartments and one for children living in Brockton Family Housing.

That’s all changed though. Due to lack of volunteers, the event was changed to one day for both groups. But now, the entire event has been postponed to either the last weekend in April or first weekend in May until more participants join the effort.

Adam Carter, a residence hall coordinator who is planning the program, needs volunteers to help these children.

Carter contacted Resident Assistants, the Residence Life Council, Kappa Delta Tau, Colonels Who Care and other service-oriented groups, but is still looking for more volunteers. Also needed are students who can help with crafts throughout the day, serve lunch and hide Easter eggs.

The program still needs volunteers willing to spend time with the children. Right now they plan to have 60 children; however, each child must have a student to show them around. If there are less volunteers than children, some children won’t be able to come to the event.

Included in the Easter festivities are Easter egg hunts, crafts, food and spending time with a non-family member who is a student at Eastern.

At the end of the event, children will have a treat bag as well as their crafts to take home. Also, a “family basket” will be given as a grand prize, which will include a dinner for four and free movie certificates.

“For campus, my main concern is to teach the importance of service,” Carter said. “I come from a line that does a lot of community service, so it’s important to me.”

“The children targeted are disadvantaged, whose parents can’t give them the historical plentiful holidays. We want to give them a holiday experience to remember and to help them generally to have a good time,” Carter said.

To help with the program, contact Adam Carter at 622-3556.