Easter Egg Roll with Dole draws hundreds of Lawrence community members

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Hundreds of people brought their spring colors, face paint and Easter baskets to the Dole Institute of Politics on Saturday for the eighth Easter Egg Roll with Dole.

The event featured Easter egg hunts, story time, candy, crafts, a bunny cuddling station and live music. Audrey Coleman, director of the Dole Institute, said she expected the event would draw more than 1,000 people.

The Dole Institute’s egg roll is based on a similar event that has been held at the White House every year since 1878.

When the Dole Institute first held the event eight years ago, it was rainy and cold, forcing activities indoors. Since then, Coleman said, the event has only grown and blossomed.

The weather wasn’t a problem Saturday, as families spread across the Dole Institute lawn enjoying the weather and array of events.

The Dole Institute partners with the Lawrence Public Library, Walmart and the Lied Center for the Easter egg roll.

“It’s important to build community and this is a wonderful opportunity every year,” Coleman said. “It’s just a great event for kids of all ages and families.”

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Cuyler Dunn (he/him), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a student at the University of Kansas School of Journalism. He is a graduate of Lawrence High School where he was the editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Budget, and was named the 2022 Kansas High School Journalist of the Year. Read more of his work for the Times here.

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