At Spring Egg Hunt, All Get an Equal Chance for Fun
Massachusetts Association of Parents
of the Visually Impaired
and Perkins Co-sponsor Special Event
More than 60 children and parents were on the move Saturday morning, April 7, 2012, during the Spring Egg Hunt at Perkins School for the Blind. This was the second annual egg hunt at Perkins, but the first time is was orchestrated by the Massachusetts Association of Parents of the Visually Impaired (MAPVI).
Children with visual impairments sought out special plastic eggs fitted with electronic beepers – the design allows plenty of room for candy, too! Some of the beeping eggs were placed in spots accessible to children in wheelchairs, while sighted siblings and friends hunted more ordinary orbs. (At least one bandit squirrel and a real furry bunny were observed scoping out the field.)
Christine Cedrone, whose 5-year-old daughter Madison Logan is among four Perkins students who will carry beeping eggs with them to Washington, DC, on Monday for the 134th White House Egg Roll, summed up the significance of today’s event. “My wish for Madison is for her to go to graduate school one day. I want nothing more than what any parent wants for her child, but I do want the state to properly fund special education – not because we expect special treatment, but just to level the playing field. That’s what she gets at Perkins.”
A father presents a beeping egg to his young son.
Beck proudly displays his finding of the golden egg.
One of three prized glitter eggs was located by touch by Beck (pictured on the left) who was the first to find the golden sparkler. Beck, 8 of Dover, is visually impaired, but his detective skills led him to the prize.
Indeed, all the children who cadged the candy-filled eggs today played by the same rules – “Remember,” announced MAPVI parent and event organizer Amber Bobnar, “every one should collect no more than 8 eggs!” Every single child scooped up his or her quota. There was, however, no limit on laughter and delight.
You can watch the Spring Egg Hunt on WCVB-TV Channel 5 and WHDH-TV Channel 7. And you can read more about the event on CBSBoston.com and Dover-Sherborn Patch. Read about Perkins students' trip to the White House in the Watertown Blog.