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March 28, 2013

Students, seniors share Easter traditions

EBENSBURG — It’s time to celebrate the bright colors of Easter.

Members of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School girls varsity volleyball team and other student athletes were at Rebekah Manor on Thursday to visit with residents and color Easter eggs with them.

“Our students have adopted the residents as their outreach project, and we always keep them in mind in our prayers and thoughts, especially during the holidays,” said Joe Skura, the head girls volleyball coach at Bishop Carroll. “We didn’t have school today, but our students gave up their time because they believe in this event and look forward to visiting the residents and sharing stories on Easter traditions.”

The students organized the project and purchased the eggs and coloring kits.

“In this social networking age, this allows for good, old-fashioned communication between two people,” Skura said. “And the students have a lot of fun with it.”

Senior Alex Lieb, who has been doing the event since she was a freshman, said the residents appreciate their visit and enjoy the company.

“You can tell they like to have people around, especially the ones who don’t get many visitors,” she said. “It does brighten their day.”

She added that she stops by the manor periodically throughout the year to chat with residents and see how they are doing.

“It’s just something I love to do,” Lieb said.

Scott Ranck has been involved with other events held at the manor but was participating in the egg coloring for the first time.

“It makes their day, and it’s great to see the smiles on their faces,” the senior said. “You feel good about yourself and the residents appreciate it, so it’s a great experience.”

Bishop Carroll students also visit the facility at Christmas, bringing gifts to residents.

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