Special needs children may never have the experience that other children do like having partaken in an Easter egg hunt unless they have a lot of help. Help that comes from people who care enough to take the time and go out of their way to make sure everything is done perfect. The Egg Hunt for Special Needs Children that was hosted by the St. Charles County Parks Department and the St. Charles County Police Department fit the bill.
While blind children couldn’t normally find Easter eggs, this year they could thanks to Officers who used their specialized skills they learned in the Police Department. These officers are from the St. Charles County Bomb Squad and they made the eggs ‘beep’ so that the impaired children could find them.
Officers worked diligently to produce colored plastic eggs each with internal components that would have a beeping pitch to them that the impaired children could seek out using their hearing instead of their sight.
A group of 5 officers named Cpl. Steve Case, Cpl. Chris Drews and Officers J.R. Copeland, Brian Reimer and Brad Krieg produced 150 beeping eggs for visually impaired children to locate during the Easter egg hunt. Children with Autism and brain impairments were also eligible to participate in hunting for these ‘beeping’ eggs.
St. Charles County Police advertised the event in advance that was held today on their Facebook Page stating that they had limited space and encouraging registration.
A regular Easter egg hunt was held prior to the special event from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as a new Egg Hunt for Special Needs Children from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Youth Activity Park, located at 7801 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie.
There were more than 4,000 candy filled eggs provided for children in the 25 acre facility. Children were later invited to come inside the park complex to have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny, get their face painted, and participate in fun games and other activities including a magic show.
More information about the event can be found on the St. Charles County Official site.