Police Department - March 15, 2016
The Winston-Salem Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit is hosting its sixth annual beeping Easter egg hunt for the blind and visually impaired. This year’s “Spring Eggsplosion” hunts will be held March 19 in Winston-Salem, April 9 in Raleigh, and April 16 in Asheville.
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 have the opportunity to experience a traditional Easter egg hunt as possible,” 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 “Tater Tot,” a miniature pony. There will also be games, arts and crafts, yoga, face painting and a race.
Assisting with this year’s event are the Lions Club, Industries for the Blind, American Heritage Girls and the Walkertown High School Future Farmers of America.
The egg hunt in Raleigh will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gov. Morehead School, 301 Ashe Ave., Raleigh. Participants will hunt for eggs and enjoy the bomb robots and “Frankie the Balloon Artist.” Members of the National Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired will be setting up additional activities.
The egg hunt in Asheville will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville. Participants will hunt for beeping Easter eggs, interact with the bomb squad robots and enjoy activities prepared by teachers with the Governor Morehead School and the Industries for the Blind.
The Hazardous Devices Unit has made more than 700 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 Moorehead’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, previously known as the bomb squad, have been organizing beeping egg hunts since 2011 as a positive way to interact with members of the community.