Police - March 22, 2017
The Winston-Salem Police Department's Hazardous Devices Unit is hosting the seventh annual beeping Easter egg hunts for the blind and visually impaired. This year's "Spring Eggsplosion" hunts will be held Saturday, March 25, in Winston-Salem and Saturday, April 1, at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.
The beeping Easter egg hunts allow the visually impaired to participate in a traditional Easter egg hunt, says Cpl. Angie Swaim of the Hazardous Devices Unit.
"The beeping egg hunts have been such a success that we wanted to make sure that as many visually impaired and blind adults and children as possible have the opportunity to experience a traditional Easter egg hunt," Swaim said. "We invite any member of the public, adult or child, who is blind or visually impaired and their families to join us at either of these events."
The egg hunt in Winston-Salem will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Reynolda Village, 2201 Reynolda Road. Participants will hunt for beeping Easter eggs and interact with the bomb squad robots and the Wake Forest University "Demon Deacon." Also available will be Triskit, a miniature horse from RedDog Farms in Summerfield; McGruff the Crime Dog; games; face painting; and a race.
Assisting with this year's event are the Winston-Salem Chapter of the N.C. Lions Club, Industries for the Blind and the American Heritage Girls.
The egg hunt in Raleigh will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Governor Morehead School, 301 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. Participants will hunt for eggs, enjoy the bomb robots and participate in other activities the school is planning with the assistance of members of the National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired.
The Hazardous Devices Unit has made more than 900 beeping eggs for the hunts. Several eggs have been sent out all over the country so others can participate in this program. The unit also provides an egg to each of the Governor Morehead School's 36 itinerant pre-school teachers who cover the state's 100 counties, for use as a teaching aid.
The members of the Hazardous Devices Unit initiated the beeping egg hunts in 2011 after getting the idea at a conference for bomb technicians.
"We believe that this is a positive way to interact with members of the community, not only in Winston-Salem, but all over the state of North Carolina," Swaim said. "We have not only held the beeping egg hunts locally; we visited Camp Dogwood, a summer camp for visually impaired youth and adults in Sherrills Ford, where we have watched adults as ‘young' as 94 years old enjoy their very first egg hunt and become a child again for a few hours. These moments are the reason we do what we do."
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