Staff, students and parents at Kermit Nickerson School gathered on the playground Friday afternoon, April 18 to see how many student-made, egg-containing contraptions could survive a long fall.

In preparation for the 15th annual event, students work with their families to design creative containers that they hope will prevent a raw egg from breaking when dropped from the cherry picker of a Central Maine Power truck.

Members of the school community spent the better part of an hour watching and cheering as CMP employee Butch Norman dropped each of the student creations — which included everything from stuffed animals to parachutes — from high over the playground.

Second grader Cameron Smith used a small plastic bucket, which carried an Easter theme. The youth said the traditional marshmallow Easter candy known as Peeps was one component of the padding he used inside the bucket to keep his egg safe.

"And cotton candy," he added.