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Students decorate 720 eggs
Event is DECA fundraiser to help pay for international competitiion trip
Abigail Eaton, left, and Brittany Lebrand color some of the 720 eggs that the culinary arts students at Lanier Charter Career Academy are preparing for the Bunny Brunch event on Saturday. - photo by Tom Reed

Bunny Brunch

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (brunch served from 10-11 a.m.) Saturday
Where: Lanier Charter Career Academy, 2719 Tumbling Creek Road, Gainesville
How much: $7 for adults; $5 for children ages 12 and younger
Contact: 770-532-3161

A special visitor will be hopping onto Lanier Charter Career Academy's campus this weekend to not only dine with guests, but to also help students participate in an international competition.

Students in the academy's Distributive Education Clubs of America organization will be hosting a family-friendly Bunny Brunch from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday.

The students are using the breakfast as a fundraiser to help the team travel to Orlando at the end of the month for an international competition. The event will also feature a visit from Peter Cottontail, who will be around all day for photos.

"We are very proud of our DECA students," said Pat Ellis, Lanier Charter community liason.

"They have won so many state awards, and they are really looking forward to the Orlando competition."

There are 22 Lanier Charter students who earned the right to compete in Orlando, following their performance at state-level competitions in February.

The goal of DECA is to help students prepare for careers in marketing, management, entrepreneurship and hospitality. The Lanier students get an added level of practical experience with events like the Bunny Brunch.

It was not only planned by students, it will also be catered by students. The charter school's culinary students will be preparing the pancake feast on Saturday.

In preparation for other activities that will take place after the meal is over, the culinary students spent Thursday afternoon dying and decorating 720 eggs.

"It was a lot of eggs, but it was a fun thing to do," Ellis said.

"It's all about our students working together and supporting each other."

In addition to the brunch, Saturday's festivities will include games, egg hunting, face painting and egg dying.

Tickets for the event are $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and younger. A family pack, which includes admission for two adults and two children, can be purchased for $22.

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