Last year the NHS Odyssey of the Mind team and a Reed Intermediate School team set up the second Bunny Watch as a fundraiser to help the two teams attend the national level of the problem-solving competition.
This year antique tractors will again pull wagons on the paved walking trails at the Fairfield Hills campus while kids in bunny ears and their families spot and tally dozens of bunnies in all shapes and sizes hidden throughout the long leisurely ride. There have also been reports, said Odyssey of the Mind coach Ann Ziluck, that the Easter Bunny camps at the top of the hill and comes out to wave to the children during the ride.
Along with the ride, game stations will be set up for lawn games, including egg tossing and egg rolling, as well as a game called Bunny Says, a team-created version of Simon Says.
A giant slide inflatable ride, an egg hunt, and concessions for a nominal cost will also be available.
The donation is $5 for each person for the hayride. All proceeds from the Bunny Watch will help send the high school team to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State in Lansing in May. Ms Ziluck’s high school team will be assisted by Greg Martiska’s team of Reed sixth graders who will be overseeing face painting, games, and a concession at the Bunny Watch.
The Bunny Watch will be held from 10 am until 4 pm each day at the Glander Field Pavilion, Mile Hill Road South. There are no rain dates for this event, and it will be open unless there are torrential downpours or heavy snow.
Odyssey of the Mind is the largest intellectual competition in the world. Teams of up to seven students select and solve one of five long-term problems that they present at the annual state competitions. The top 30 teams in each competing state then head to World Finals, where teams from more than 30 countries come together in the spirit of international competition.
The Connecticut Odyssey State Finals will be on April 6 at Bristol Eastern High School where teams from Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School, Reed Intermediate School, and the local elementary schools will be presenting their solutions to these open-ended and complex problems.