Newtown >> Hundreds of kids, parents and even grandparents scrambled across the grassy fields behind Goodnoe Elementary School on Saturday morning making for quite a sight as they scooped up a record-setting 6,000 brightly colored plastic eggs in just under 15 minutes. Despite being postponed a week due to a March Nor’easter that left the fields covered in snow instead of Easter eggs, hundreds turned out for the event, jamming the athletic fields on the day before Easter with kids, adults and lots and lots of energy.
“The Stations of the Cross” recounts Christ’s last hours, from his sentencing by Pontius Pilot to bearing the cross to Calvary, his crucifixion and finally his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday morning. In a slow possession across the gym floor, the students portrayed Jesus’s pain-filled walk to Calvary. With a crown of thorns on his head and bearing a heavy cross, Jesus is met along the way by his mother, Mary; a woman named Veronica who wipes his face; Simon, who helps him carry the cross; and a group of weeping women.
Morrisville >> Inside the district courtroom on East Cleveland Avenue, Judge Mick Petrucci listened as a team of lawyers laid out their case against a defendant who they say defamed their client. But this was no ordinary courtroom drama as seventh and eighth graders from Holy Trinity School took on the roles of attorney, plaintiff, witness and defendant, with sixth grade students and faculty members acting as jurors. In the Mock Trial case of “Podle v. Jansen,” presided over by real life Newtown area judge Mick Petrucci, Whirlwind High School math teacher Mary Podle (portrayed by seventh grader Aimee Oszer) is suing student Carter Jansen (portrayed by seventh grader George Lobis) for defamation and libel over an award-winning story Carter wrote about a fictional teacher named Mrs. Poodle. The story won Carter first place and a college scholarship in the Teen Literature Association’s national competition, which published his story online.
LOWER MAKEFIELD>> In an Easter tradition dating back 35 years, seventh and eighth graders from St. Ignatius School will retell the story of Holy Week and Easter on Friday, March 23 at the church. The presentation of the Passion Play, which has become a rite of passage at the school on Reading Avenue, was written by Monsignor John Marine, now the pastor at St. Bede Church in Holland, when he was an assistant priest at St. Ignatius. Mary Alice LaMorte, Janet Padula and Margie Badman will direct a cast of 42 students as they tell the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. This year for the first time in many years, the narrative will begin with the nativity and then fast forward to the events of Holy Week, including Jesus’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the Last Super on Maundy Thursday, the Way of the Cross on Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter morning. The play is punctuated by moving and inspirational songs, including “I Surrender All” sung by Siana Falkenstein as Mary Mother of Jesus, “Lamb of God” by Kate Abdallah as Mary Magdalene, “Were You There” and “He’s Alive” by the entire cast.