This morning, the Bakersfield Police Department again partnered with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools to host an Easter Egg Hunt at the Police Activities League, for blind and visually impaired students enrolled in their program. This is our third annual event. Even with the rainy weather, the show went on with an indoors egg hunt. This is always a very special event, spearheaded by the BPD Bomb Squad. Plastic eggs with audible beepers were constructed, making it possible for students to locate the eggs. Those eggs were then traded in for cookies, popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones. In addition to hunting the Easter eggs the children were given t-shirts, were able to play in an obstacle course, visit with the bomb squad officers and other police personnel. They also had an opportunity to pet and feed animals at a small petting zoo, provided by CALM and Officer Sonja Peery. Also at the event were various mascots and the Easter Bunny. At the end of the event, there were raffle prizes for the children to win. A lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips were provided for the children, parents, and all participants. Goodie bags were provided for the siblings, and specially prepared Easter baskets were given to each student. Inside the baskets were many goodies, including a book in braille for the children to read. Each basket also included a handmade name tag, with the children’s names written in braille with puff paint. This event would not have been possible without the generous donations from the following groups: Target, Frito-Lay, Freddy’s Steakburgers, the Bakersfield Police Officer’s Association, the Bakersfield Police Benefit Association, and many Bakersfield Police Department employees who donated their own money to this cause. This event has become a favorite annual event for all involved!