This week the White House announced an Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest for local schoolchildren. The First Lady will select the winning design, which will serve as the official 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll poster. The design will be featured on the program for the event.
All District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia charter, magnet, and traditional public schools are invited to submit one poster design per school. The deadline is March 3, 2010. The winning student artist and his or her class will be invited to attend the event.
Students from the Washington, D.C. area have had a special relationship with the White House Easter Egg Roll for generations. In the early 1800s, local children rolled eggs on the Capitol Steps the day after Easter. In 1878, President Rutherford B. Hayes invited D.C. area children to roll their Easter eggs on the White House lawn and a tradition was born. Last year, the Easter Egg Roll was the largest public event held at the White House. Close to 30,000 people gathered on the South Lawn to enjoy the festivities.
This year the President and First Lady will again open the South Lawn for children ages 12 years and younger and their families. Activities at this year’s event include cooking stations, storytelling, sports, live entertainment, and the tradition that started it all, Easter egg rolling.
The 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, “Ready, Set, Go!”. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives, which is a central part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.