Nicole Nee poses for another photo with her son Donovan at the back of the White House after participating in the Easter Egg Roll. During their trip they also got to see several historical and educational sites. Courtesy photos
By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
The annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House is always a crowd-pleaser for those who attend. It’s also a rather exclusive list that is invited to attend.
Nicole Nee, the industrial technology division secretary at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, and her son, Donovan, however, were able to attend this year’s festivities last month.
Nee said they found out they were going in November.
“He was ecstatic,” Nee said of when they received their invitations. “It’s one of those deals where it’s a chance of a lifetime – not everyone’s going to get invited to the Easter Egg Roll.”
Nee said she received their invitations from her mother-in-law in New York, a retired school principal. She added it was her mother-in-law who really pushed for her and Donovan to take the trip.
Nee also said while they were in Washington, D.C., they got some educational experiences by seeing popular sites like the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian Museum. They also got to take a tour of the White House while there.
“It was a lot of fun. My son was very excited, he loves everything to do with presidents, so going to the White House and having a tour of the White House and we also went on a tour of the House and Congress – it was very exciting for him,” Nee said. “We actually went underground into the bunker system, and we did a tour of the House of Representatives and Congress House.”
They also visited many other historical D.C. sites which helped Donovan achieve some of his stamps for Rangers.
“We went to where Abraham Lincoln was killed and we went into the house across the street from the theatre where he was taken to after he was shot, and we got to see the bed and everything,” she said.
Nee said her son’s favorite part was easily the egg roll itself on the White House’s south lawn, which had many activities for the children who attended, including a Wii system with the upcoming new Mariokart game and characters from the Mario games and the popular “The Lego Movie” and, of course, the Easter bunny.
“And with the Easter Egg Roll, you wouldn’t think you’d be doing it with a real egg, but everything there was done with real eggs from the Easter egg hunt to the Easter Egg Roll,” Nee said. “It was all done with eggs that were donated from an egg company.”
All attendants also received a wooden egg as a souvenir at the end of the Easter Egg Roll, which Nee says they still have. She said that if she and Donovan were invited again, they would immediately jump at the chance.
“It was a lot of fun, and it’s one of those things where if you have the opportunity, you have to do it,” she said.