North Tama PTO steps up to the basket to host annual egg hunt

Traer Easter Egg Hunt a great success despite cold temps

Smiles beam from members of the Svoboda family (left and right) while have their picture taken with the Easter bunny who may or may not be related to Ireland Harmsen. ;) -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
It was a short, but hard wait for many in the aged 0-3 crowd (pictured) while receiving instructions ahead of the North Tama Elementary PTO's first annual Traer Easter egg hunt in Taylor Park on Saturday, April 16. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Wee egg hunters gather at the ready for the 10:00 a.m. start time while standing in the shadows of their parents and caregivers. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
One-year-old Kennedy Kubik (center) – the daughter of Alex and Lisa (right) Kubik – stays warm in her pink snowsuit while puzzling over all the colorful plastic eggs resting on the ground in front of her during North Tama Elementary PTO’s Easter egg hunt held in Taylor Park on Saturday, April 16, in Traer. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Moments before the 10 a.m. start a toddler and his caregiver cuddle while scoping out the field of colorful Easter eggs spread out before them in Taylor Park. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Eager Easter egg gatherers from the youngest of babies up to three-years-old scramble to collect and deposit colorful plastic eggs into their baskets during North Tama Elementary PTO’s egg hunt held in Taylor Park on the morning of Saturday, April 16, in Traer. Separate spaces for older egg hunt participants were located elsewhere in the park. –Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
A mother holds out a small basket for her toddler to drop Easter eggs inside. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
A youngster in a colorful, warm coat collects eggs in their matching bucket on the Saturday before Easter in Taylor Park. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
A toddler keeps his eye on the action around him while reaching down to snatch a plastic Easter egg from the ground last Saturday morning in Taylor Park as part of the North Tama Elementary PTO's first try at hosting the Traer Easter Egg Hunt. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Children in the oldest age group run back and forth across the Taylor Park grounds on Saturday during the annual town Easter egg hunt. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker
Mason Hosek holds what might very well be the real Easter bunny laying low the day before Easter last Saturday in Traer's Taylor Park. -Photo by Ruby F. Bodeker

The North Tama Schools PTO stepped up to the basket so-to-speak this past Saturday, April 16, by taking over hosting duties for the annual Traer Easter Egg Hunt held in Taylor Park and found great success in their efforts.

Although the weather was brisk – many of the youngest participants were dressed in snowsuits – and the winds too much for the Easter bunny to occupy their perch up in the Gazebo, the crowd was large and ready to go long before the 10:00 a.m. start time.

“Thank you to the [North Tama] Art Club for coming to paint faces, Rebecca Dostal and her sons for bringing the baby chicks and bunnies, Ireland [Harmsen] for being the cutest Easter bunny, the [high school] students who came to hide eggs and [Traer Municipal Utilities] for donating the park for us to use!” the group posted on Facebook following the event.

The PTO also thanked the many Traer businesses that contributed to the basket giveaway including: Hometown Foods, Nucara Pharmacy, Jammie Howard Real Estate, Whannels Hardware, Traer Theater, Simply Blooming, NT/Keystone Vet Clinic, BeYou Dayspa, Clover & Crow, Chelsea Savings Bank, Farmers Savings Bank, Traer Golf Course, Farmers Mutual Insurance, AWE/Napa, Rubline, New Century FS, Pizza Palace, Reumans and Maven’s Market.