2004 White House Easter Egg Roll

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Oblivious to the damp weather, thousands of area children romped yesterday with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Elmo and the Berenstain Bears at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

[Photo 1: Secretary Paige with the Easter Bunny at the podium] [Photo 2: People gathering on the Capitol grounds]

Secretary Jackson participated in the event along with Education Secretary Paige at the event, which was hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. Among the special invitees were children from the National Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Nearly 11,200 eggs were used at the event, including some 7,200 dyed eggs and another 4,000 that the children decorated.

The event was first begun in 1878 by President Rutherford Hayes (www.whitehouse.gov/easter/history.html). The first Easter Egg Rolls were held on the Capitol grounds.

In 1994, a tradition of collecting state Easter eggs (www.whitehouse.gov/easter/2004/eggsbystate/index.html) began and continues today. Each year every state sends a unique Easter egg to the White House for display

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