Kids with visual impairments take part in beeping Easter egg hunt

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Easter is Sunday and families are out hunting for colorful candy-filled eggs. 

Saturday, 5-year-old Leyla was listening carefully on her hunt for Easter eggs.
 
“They make a beeping sound,” she said, talking about special Easter eggs, that are the creation of local explosives teams from Kirtland Air Force Base and the APD bomb squad.

“Based on how we hook it all up it gives a certain beep at a certain interval,” explained Master Sergeant Joshua Rickert. 

“I sweep my cane,” Leyla said, explaining how she is able to fill up her basket with eggs. 

“It’s really fun and I want to get some candy,” she explained. 
 
This is the second year for the beeping Easter egg hunt at Korean War Veterans Park for kids with visual impairments. 

“It’s really heartwarming and it’s awesome seeing them out there picking up eggs and finding them for themselves,” Rickert said. 

Heather Carlisle explained that this Easter egg hunt is more than an opportunity for the kids to get some treats. She says beeping Easter eggs make it possible for siblings to take part in the Easter tradition together.

“It’s nice that instead of having to split up our family to go to different areas to do things we can all come together,” she said. 

Elizabeth Bolander teaches kids with visual impairments. “This kind of event is great for her to get out and be a part of something that other kids who do not have a visual impairment get to be a part of,” she said. 
 
While explosives teams and Easter eggs may be an unlikely combination, it is an effort to make sure an Easter tradition is enjoyed by all. 

“It’s very helpful to have everybody’s expertise and electronics knowledge and then their motivation to just help out the community, it’s great,” Rickert said. 

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