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Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2011
CONTACTS:
Diane Hirth, 850-273-2087, DCF
Tara Raeber, 850-921-2938, EOG
Chris Cate, 850-245-6527, DOS

Governor, First Lady Host Children in Foster Care and National Guard Families for Easter Event with Eggs, Books, and a Big Bunny

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott brought the fun of a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and an encounter with a big bunny to more than 200 children today at The Grove, next door to the Governor’s Mansion.

"The Governor and I are happy to celebrate Easter with foster care children and National Guard families from across the state. The rolling lawn of The Grove is a perfect place for Easter egg hunting, face painting, and storytelling," First Lady Ann Scott said.

"We invite Floridians to consider giving a special Easter gift this year by fostering or adopting a child in state care," Mrs. Scott said. Families interested in adopting a Florida child from foster care can call 1-800-96-ADOPT or go to www.adoptflorida.org.

The quiet landscape of The Grove erupted into laughter and excitement as children searched for 1,000 Easter eggs on its spacious lawn. The children competed in spoon and sack races, and many gathered on the porch to listen as the First Lady read to them. Children also had their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Every child attending the Easter Egg Hunt was given a book donated by Scholastic to take home for summer reading. The Governor’s Mansion provided healthy snacks.

"All Florida’s children deserve to be nurtured, educated and loved," Secretary David Wilkins of the Florida Department of Children and Families said. "The graciousness of the Governor and First Lady in reaching out to children in foster care and children whose parents serve in the National Guard reminds us how important it is to look after the needs of children."

The Grove, built in the 1830s, is one of the most historically distinctive places in Florida. As the home of two governors including Governor Leroy Collins, many families have celebrated Easter hunting eggs on the beautiful lawn. It is currently being developed by the Florida Secretary of State’s Division of Historical Resources into the Call-Collins Center for Principled Public Service and a museum honoring the values of the Call and Collins families. It is adjacent to the Florida Governor’s Mansion.

"At the core of the Easter holiday is unconditional love, and these remarkable children in foster care have so much love to give that anyone with a heart for children would be blessed to have them become a part of their family," Secretary Kurt Browning said. "Florida’s children are our future leaders, and The Grove is an ideal place to teach them about family, leadership and the history of our state."

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