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Easter at the White House

  • SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate and current Penn State University student, stands in front of the 8-foot tall Easter Egg that he helped with during the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, held on the South…
    SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate and current Penn State University student, stands in front of the 8-foot tall Easter Egg that he helped with during the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, held on the South Lawn of the White House, seen in the background. Kunkel traveled to Washington D.C. with his college adviser, as well as other Penn State students to volunteer at the event.
Published April 26. 2011 05:00PM

An area college student recently received a unique opportunity to help with one of the oldest Easter egg hunts in the country.

On Monday, Ben Kunkel, a Jim Thorpe Area High School graduate who is currently attending Penn State University, University Park, traveled with his college adviser, as well as other Penn State students to help with the 133rd annual White House Egg Roll, hosted by President Barack Obama and his family, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington D.C.

This year's theme was "Get Up and Go!" which focused on promoting healthy lifestyles and wellness.

The day included an Easter egg hunt, live musical performances, story time, yoga, obstacle courses, arts and craft stations, a family farmer's market, kids' kitchen, and make your own gardens.

Of the chance to help some of the 30,000 people participating in the egg roll and assist the American Egg Board, Kunkel said, "I was honored. I was part of a very select group of people that had the unique opportunity to help in one of the most special activities held annually at the White House."

He noted that the station he volunteered at yesterday was called "Lend a Hand, Feed the Hungry."

At this station, parents and children placed their handprints on an 8-foot tall Easter Egg, called the Good Egg Project Egg.

Kunkel explained that for every handprint, America's egg farmers would donate one egg to Feeding America, a nationwide charity whose goal is to feed America's hungry.

During the event, Kunkel also saw President Obama and was able to witness First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy initiative "Let's Move!" first hand, as visitors were urged to make healthy choices and be active.

Kunkel currently holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering, a bachelor of science in business and is working toward a bachelor of science degree in agricultural systems management.

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