Story re-posted with permission, courtesy of The Suncoast News.
By CARL ORTH | The Suncoast News
Published online: April 11, 2017
PHOTOS: Carl Orth
NEW PORT RICHEY—Seeing is believing for most people. But hearing is believing for children with vision problems at one Easter egg hunt last weekend.
Youngsters thrive on the excitement from Easter egg hunts, so Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind didn’t want their youthful members to feel left out.
Plastic eggs emitted a beeping noise to help guide children by sound, organizers explained.
“It sounds like crickets,” Queen Chasco Angel Cook said with a chuckle about the beeping eggs in a field. Cook and King Pithla, New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart, were among many volunteers who helped stash plastic eggs with candy or prizes inside.
With some 500 eggs lying around a field, the youngsters were sure to fill their Easter baskets.
Siblings without vision problems put on simulator glasses that imitate vision defects, Sylvia Stinson-Perez, CEO of the Lighthouse, explained.
Besides the egg hunt, children romped on the playground at New Port Richey’s James E. Grey Preserve, a new location for the Lighthouse event. A bean-bag toss was among numerous games. And the Easter bunny stopped by to pose with children for photos.
Parks and Recreation Director Elaine Smith and many of her youth advisory board members appeared Saturday to lend a hand setting up the preserve on the Pithlachascotee River.
The nonprofit Lighthouse provides free services to youthful clients from birth to young adults. The Little Lighthouse aids children up to age 5 adapt. Children’s program make sure youths ages 5 to 13 meet their developmental milestones. The School to Work Transition program focuses on teens ages 14 to 22.
Learn more about our programs for babies, children and teens who are visually impaired and blind.