On the hunt: Kids Easter egg hunt by soundPublished 12:04am Tuesday, March 12, 2013
By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer
HARPERSVILLE – Instead of hunting for Easter eggs in the typical manner, a group of children used their ears to hunt for beeping, plastic eggs on a Harpersville farm.
The Alabama Association for Parents of Visually Impaired Children, along with North Shelby Baptist Church, hand its ninth annual beeping Easter egg hunt March 9.
Members of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators adopted the project and began constructing the electronic, beeping eggs, and the organization donates $10,000 to the egg project each year, said David Hyche, an Alabama agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“It’s a lot safer to build beeping eggs than what they normally do,” Hyche said about his bomb technicians with a laugh.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office provided manpower to build the eggs as well.
The AAPVI is a non-profit support group for parents with visually impaired children. AAVPI President Chantal McManus said the egg hunt is one of the six events the organization hosts each year across the state.
Hyche’s daughter, spunky 8-year-old Rachel, is a visually impaired third grader at Oak Mountain Elementary. Before hunting beeping eggs, Rachel said she didn’t have a strategy to find the eggs, but was on the hunt for Laffy Taffy, her favorite candy.
“The kids can do an Easter egg hunt independently, because that’s what they want. They don’t want someone leading them around,” Hyche said.
North Shelby Baptist Church provided 600 candy-filled eggs, and children turned over their electronic eggs for a sweet prize.
Any siblings or visually impaired children who wanted to participate wore blindfolds so they had to rely completely on their hearing.
Visually impaired or blind children under the age of 12 and their blindfolded siblings lined up on the edge of a field filled with beeping eggs.
Jordan Evans, a self-proclaimed “10-year-old genius,” had great success in finding the beeping eggs, even though he was blindfolded.
“I feel like I want to play again because I like using my hearing for things like this,” Evans said.