'Beeping' egg hunt brings record attendance

Christopher Dornblaser

The rain may have kept kids inside Saturday afternoon, but that didn't stop anyone at ForSight Vision from enjoying their "beeping" Easter egg hunt any less.

In a different take on traditional Easter egg hunts, these eggs were outfitted with loud beepers, allowing visually impaired children to participate in the fun.

The day: Kids and their parents started showing up at the ForSight Vision building, 1380 Spahn Ave. in York City, at 1 p.m. Saturday. They were treated to coloring, an egg drop and the egg hunt.

The egg drop event gave the kids the opportunity to construct a "nest" for an egg, made of straw and tape, to ensure it survived as they dropped it from atop a chair. Tarp was laid out on the ground as some eggs survived the fall, while other cracked, spilling yolk all over the tarp.

Around 20 kids participated in the egg hunt, now in its sixth year. The kids ranged from visually impaired to completely blind, and their brothers and sisters were also invited to the event.

ForSight Vision President Bill Rhinestone said in order to keep everyone on the same playing field, all kids who have some vision are given blindfolds to participate.

"We want it for the whole family," he said.

The hunt: Because of Saturday's rain, the hunt was held inside. The first hunt had the older kids in one room trying to find the eggs and the younger kids were directed to a smaller room to do the same thing. The second hunt had the all the kids running around the hallways trying to get eggs.

York College students hid the eggs and helped the kids find them by guiding them in the right direction if needed. The eggs were hidden in plain sight, but the children, both visually impaired and blindfolded, had to use their hearing to locate the eggs.

The sound of the beeps filled the rooms as kids felt around trying to find the eggs. Within minutes, the eggs were found and the kids came back to claim their prizes, which were, in typical Easter fashion, pieces of candy. Every child participating received some candy.

The experience: Brigette Elliot, of Glen Rock, was there with her son, Garver. They have been participating in the egg hunt for six years now. Elliot said Garver, 7, who has some vision impairment, was looking forward to the event, adding he was talking about it on the way over in the car.

She said Garver had been involved with ForSight for a while now, and he really liked the art classes he took there.

"It's a comfortable place for him," she said. "Here is like his safe place."

Iesha Brown, of Windsor Township, was a little relieved the hunt was inside. Her 5-year-old son, Trayton, is completely blind.

"I don't have to worry about him walking off," she said.

Brown said Trayton has been coming to ForSight since December, and the experience has been good, adding he loved the egg hunt.

"It's nice seeing him get involved with other kids," she said.

Senior Mike Lynch was among the many York College students helping out with the event. Lynch said he enjoyed helping and interacting with the kids.

"I like how you get some hands-on experience," he said.

Rhinestone said the hunt was easily their biggest showing yet, adding that three new kids showed up this year.

"Kids had a good time; they're full of candy," he said.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.