An Easter celebration: Dover Place rolls out 1,500 eggs

DOVER — As a way to bring generations together, the Dover Place hosted its annual Easter egg hunt recently.

Throughout the week prior to the Easter egg hunt, the seniors prepared for the arrival of children.

“The residents help stuff the Easter eggs and every year we do about 1,500 eggs,” says Kyla Gleockler, recreational director at Dover Place senior living.

Ms. Gleockler has been hosting and coordinating the easter egg hunt for 11 years.

Oliver Rhine poses with Dover Place’s rabbit who helped hide the eggs. (Special to the Delaware State News/Torie Seagraves)

Along with the help of the seniors are the faculty of Dover Place as they prepared refreshments and decorations for the young children to enjoy.

The diversity in ages engages the elderly into a new community than what they are used to and works to change their consistent routines all a while celebrating the holidays.

The children participants were invited from the community and local daycares such as The Little School and Polytech’s Lil’ Panthers Preschool to join in the fun to celebrate the coming of spring.

“We invite different schools and the staff’s kids and all of the residents family members,” said Ms. Gleockler.

The easter egg hunt was divided among three age groups ranging from toddlers to elementary school children, allowing everyone to take delight in the event.

But the egg hunt was only the main event. There was also a balloon maker by the name of Steve Marra, miniature pony rides, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Isaiah Dickson successfully retrieves an Easter egg.

The miniature ponies not only met the children, but also met the Dementia Center inside of the Dover Place.

Torie Seagraves is a senior broadcast media student at Polytech High School.

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