“Are you sad that you’re not the real Easter bunny?” asked kindergartener Kaiden Flowers, a student at the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind.
Though he is visually impaired, Kaiden said it was obvious that the Easter Bunny he was visiting with in the school’s library wasn’t real. “I like the Easter Bunny. I like his nose and that he touched my nose,” Kaiden said. “But I could tell wasn’t real because he had a real neck and real hair.”
Kaiden and his classmates had just finished the Regional School’s first-ever Beeping Egg Hunt.
The eggs beeped and chirped so that even fully blind students could listen for the eggs and find them.
“I had a partner help me,” said first-grader Annesia Adams. “I found one and picked it up and then I found all of them.”
Fellow first-grader Vanessa Phaysith filled her basket with about eight eggs.
“It was good. It was fun,” she said. “I could hear the eggs in my ear.”
Teachers and volunteers helped guide the students as they searched for eggs in a grassy courtyard at the school on Burma Drive.
Adaptive physical education teacher Kim Reusser had organized the Beeping Egg Hunt to give her students an opportunity to participate in an Easter activity than many children who can see may take for granted.
“It was thrilling to see our hard work come to fruition,” Reusser said. “It was a huge success. To be able to see my children physically active and having fun – it was a good day.”
Besides the hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny, students also participated in a sensory-rich art activity. With help from the Eastern Shore Art Center, students used fruits and vegetables to paint pictures. And they showed visitors art work they had completed in class.
“I thought everything went perfect,” said Principal Mandy Sullivan. “This was all teacher-planned, and they are so awesome.”