Operation Bunny Hop brings students, seniors together

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Each bunny bag is unique. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

Everyone from pre-schoolers to senior citizens looks forward to Operation Bunny Hop every year.

That’s the special service day Catholic Schools of Fairbanks sets aside for students to help create special Easter bags and then deliver them to senior citizens in Fairbanks. It’s a tradition that has been ongoing for more than 25 years.

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Ari Sambois-Calderon shows of the front and back of the bunny bags. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

Every class has a specific task, from pre-schoolers making 100 grace prayer cards to fifth-graders collecting fruit cups to put in Easter baskets. Students also make Easter cards, fill plastic colored Easter eggs with jelly beans and prayers and also write Easter poems.

Once again, 99-year-old Meg Johnson and friends provide the soft toy stuffed bunnies and chicks that are also included in the bags. 

Sixth graders then assemble these Operation Bunny Hop baskets and deliver to senior citizens.

“This is a great way for us to give back to our community,” said Kathleen Kohler-Balko, K-12 religion coordinator for Catholic Schools of Fairbanks.

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Ellen Brown welcomes sixth-graders on their Operation Bunny Hop delivery route. She has been one of their regular stops for more than a dozen years. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

Senior citizen Ellen Brown is one of the happy recipients, who looks forward to this visit every year.

“I love the daffodils, the poem written by the students, the bread, the jelly beans, I love it all,” she said. 

She leaves her door open so the kids know she is waiting for them.

“Most of all, I love to see the kids,” she said.

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Asher McGlinchy adds daffodils to the bags. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

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Students prepare the baskets for delivery. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

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Parent Dawn MIlton accompanies students on their delivery route, including Jacob Haskins, James Bembow who has bunny in hand, and Myana Rojas. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks

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Sixth-graders are ready for deliveries. From left to right are Logan Gold, Hunter Carson, second-grade teacher Mrs. Kenna, Theodore Kenna, and Gyo Uzhca. Photo courtesy of Catholic Schools of Fairbanks


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