Easter egg hunts encourage students' math skills
March 30, 2013 at 12:03 a.m.
Updated March 30, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt
Torres Elementary School and F.W. Gross Elementary School students race to gather Easter eggs.
EASTER EGG ORIGINS
The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring.
From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb and resurrection.
Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources.
The first official White House egg roll occurred in 1878, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president.
The event has no religious significance, although some people have considered egg rolling symbolic of the stone blocking Jesus' tomb being rolled away, leading to his resurrection.
Rabbit ears and colorful baskets lined a patch of grass as eager eyes studied egg positions.
Penelope Horner, 6, scampered toward a tree at Ted B. Reed Park, searching for a rounded object between root and bark.
Her other F.W. Gross Elementary School kindergarten classmates counted each colorful orb as they placed them in their baskets.
Across town, students at Torres Elementary School were on a similar mission.
For many of the pre-kindergartners at Torres, this was their first time participating in the annual hunt.
"I hope they've had more than just this one," said Torres pre-kindergarten teacher Jennifer Svatek. "But I'm glad if we can do it for them for their first time because I know a lot of them don't get to experience it every time."
Sylver Ramos, 5, held onto a plastic blue bag on his way to the egg-hunting grounds.
"I forgot to bring a basket," Sylver said with a wide smile.
Each student was only allowed six eggs per basket.
Parents and teachers looked on as the students counted and parted with their surplus eggs.
"If they count too many, they're like, 'Well how many do you take away,' so that they can work on subtraction, too" Svatek said. "And adding - if they only need five, then how many more do you need to get six?"
The remaining eggs were distributed between students who had too much and students who didn't have enough.
Penelope let out a whimper at the end of her egg hunt.
"I don't have enough," Penelope cried as she ruffled her wide, pink tutu staring at her four lonely eggs. "Everyone took all of them."
Neeliah Cantu, 5, plopped a few of her extra eggs into the crying, bunny-eared ballerina's basket.
"Here, I have too many," Neeliah said.
A golden, shiny egg brightened the 6-year-old's eyes.
"She gave me one more, and now I have five," Penelope said after counting. "But now I need more."
As the kindergartner searched for a classmate to contribute to her basket, school buses sat in the parking lot, waiting to be loaded up with the spoils.