“i’m over here! I’m over here!” came a voice from across the grass. As 4th grader Kiona, wearing her sleep shades and with a white cane in her right hand, she reached down and picked up the talking Easter egg, tossing it into the bag with several others in her left hand.
“I’m just so glad that those kids who have low vision or blindness have the same opportunities as the kids who have full vision to do the same activities,” Karla Atwater, Kiona’s mom, said. “It’s so great that there’s a way for them to do that.”
Just as you might do at any other Easter egg hunt, the eggs were hidden behind bushes, deep in the grass, and in hard-to-find places. The event—coordinated by our Outreach Specialist Sheena Manuel, MBA, NCLB—is designed to facilitate and promote family-oriented activities for area students with low vision.
“These activities help everyone in the family understand and experience how blindness can be reduced to a nuisance if training and positive attitudes are present,” she said. “Saturday Club also opens the door for the community to get a better idea of what our kids can do independently. Teachers come together to brainstorm and exchange creative ideas to keep each activity different and fun.”
The kids of course left with candy, and they also felt a new sense of confidence and comfort.
“I think that she’s glad to know that she’s not the only blind kid,” Karla said. “People who know Kiona know that nothing stops her from doing what she wants to do. In this fun environment, she can really put her skills to use.”
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