The Winston-Salem Police Department Bomb Squad is again hosting two “Eggplosion” beeping Easter egg hunts for the visually impaired. This year’s hunts will be held March 17 in Winston-Salem and March 28 at the Gov. Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh.
The beeping Easter egg hunts, held for the first time last year, allow the visually impaired to participate in a traditional Easter egg hunt, says Cpl. Angie Swaim, a member of the bomb squad.
“The beeping egg hunts were such a success last year 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 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; interact with the bomb squad robots and “Tater Tot,” a miniature pony; and enjoy games, a race and “Frankie the Balloon Artist.” Amy McDonaugh, a blind marathon runner and winner of the Cincinnati Flying Pigs Marathon Women’s Division, will be the special guest.
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, with the bomb robots and enjoy other activities the school is planning, including “Frankie the Balloon Artist.”
The bomb squad has made more than 100 beeping eggs for the hunts. “Several eggs have been sent out all over the country so others can participate in this program, Swaim said. “And we will again provide an egg to each of the school’s 36 itinerant pre-school teachers who cover the state’s 100 counties, for use as a teaching aid.”
The members of the bomb squad initiated the beeping egg hunts last year 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.