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April 1, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Ishpeming Bureau (Negaunee project is part fundraiser, part service project, all fun ...) , The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - Part fundraiser, part community service project, orchestra students at the Negaunee Public Schools are hard at work organizing their second annual Bunny Hop just in time for a little Easter fun.

"I know parents are looking for things for their kids to do," said orchestra director Cathy Moilanen. "I thought it would serve two purposes - of meeting the needs of young families and it will also help the orchestra kids."

Set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Negaunee Township Hall, the Bunny Hop is a day of Easter and spring-related activities for kids ages 2 to 8 years old.

With admission set at $5 per child (parents get in free), funds raised by the event go toward helping the orchestra students afford special activities throughout the year, with the orchestra students themselves helping to organize everything from planning the Bunny Hop activities to contributing baked goods for the event's bake sale to setting up and taking down the event.

"It's good for our kids to help people, too," Moilanen said.

On Saturday, area kids and families are invited to the Negaunee Township Hall for a day of races, Easter egg hunts, cake walks, a duck pond and other activities.

"They'll get a bag with handles that they color," Moilanen said. "They'll go play the games and each game they'll get a treat."

There will also be a petting zoo, so the kids can get a close look at baby chicks and ducks, she said.

Running the various games and activities will be the Negaunee orchestra students, hoping to earn money as a group for activities throughout the year.

Money raised by the Bunny Hop has helped students get lessons on their instruments, short trips to see performances in Green Bay and a special activity called a Random Road Trip.

The road trips, held throughout the year, allow the orchestra to travel to nearby communities, such as Munising with their instruments, performing at a variety of venues along the way.

Moilanen said the Bunny Hop is a unique way to allow her students to earn the money needed for these extra trips and projects while giving back to the community that supports them.

Held for the second year this year, Moilanen said last year's event was very successful, with a large number of families attending and with more expected this year.

"I hope the kids have a good time," she said.

For more information on the Bunny Hop, search for the event on Facebook.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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