By Thad Williams
Working in collaboration with local churches, the Louisiana Tech Baptist Collegiate Ministry will once again host the annual LATegg campus Easter egg hunt.
Having become somewhat of a tradition on the campus, this year’s LATegg will be held on the night of April 11 in the school’s central quad area, and the event will open only to Tech students starting at 8 p.m.
The BCM has always been in charge of organizing and hosting this event in years past, but this year they have expanded the collaboration to work with a handful of local churches and their college ministries as well.
Angelle Campbell, associate director of the BCM, has been in charge of coordinating with the other ministries to help plan and put on this event. One of the main goals these ministries hope to accomplish this year is to develop a more intimate relationship with the student body as a whole in order to learn how to better serve and connect with them, Campbell said.
“Our goals hinge in that area of knowing our campus better,” Campbell said. “So that we can better serve and love them and know what students are looking for.”
In the weeks leading up to this event, Chase Sanders, college minister at First Baptist Ruston, has been meeting with Campbell and the rest of the participating churches to prepare for this event. Sanders and the other ministries have all been a part of multiple preparation meetings, and the night before the event, all the leaders will gather together to pack all the eggs.
“We get together and talk about the details of planning the event,” Sanders said. “The night of we will do a lot of preparation, passing out glowsticks and whatever else needs to be done to run the event.”
In previous years, LATegg has provided many different opportunities for students to get connected with the BCM, as well as have fun celebrating the holiday with their friends. Jaden Miller is a senior BCM leader and has been involved with previous LATegg events. Miller worked closely with the other BCM leaders of the previous years in order to spend the night having intentional conversations with students and helping to make sure the event was as lively and enjoyable as possible.
“Having LATegg just makes people more familiar with who the BCM is,” Miller said. “It’s literally just hanging out, hunting some eggs and having some conversations about who Jesus is.”
At this year’s event, Tech students who attend can expect to find over 4,000 eggs hidden all across the quad, each containing various candies as well as a few special cash prizes. LATegg t-shirts will be on sale through the official event QR code for $15, and students can also receive free ice cream sandwiches and enjoy listening or dancing to music with their friends. And finally, if students pre-register using the official LATegg QR code, they will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Interested students should be on the lookout for flyers or leaders on campus advertising the event this week in order to register.
Like every year, the BCM hopes to form meaningful connections with the students of Tech through this event, while still giving them a way to celebrate a fun holiday with their friends.
“Some goals [we all] have for the egg hunt are for students to have a really good time while getting to hear the importance of the Easter season,” Campbell said. “And to build relationships with the student body where we know more about who they are.”
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