What:              Visually impaired children and their families will fill their Easter baskets with “beeping” Easter eggs during a special Easter egg hunt at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver on Thursday, March 25.  The unique eggs, provided by Qwest Pioneers’ Oregon Chapter, are engineered with electronic circuit boards, batteries and telephone speakers to emit distinctive beeping sounds.  As a result, visually impaired children can use their hearing to find the eggs and share in the joy and sense of accomplishment of a successful Easter egg hunt. 

 

Where:            Washington State School for the Blind

                        2214 East 13th St.

                  &am;  Vancouver, WA                      

 

When:             Thursday, March 25, 2010

                        4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

                       

Visuals:           Visually impaired children hunting for Easter eggs/prizes w/family

        “Beeping” E:p>

        A certified therapy dog, therapy llamas and the Easter Bunny

 

 Background: The Qwest Pioneers’ Oregon chapter consists of active and retired Qwest employees and retirees from former Bell System companies.  The club specializes in community service and educational projects throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

 

                        The eggs’ beeping technology was developed in 1964 by Charlie Fairbanks, a telephone engineer who wanted to create an audio ball for students to play with at the Colorado School for the Blind.  His “beep ball” caught on immediately and has been modified over time by Qwest Pioneers to facilitate activities for the visually impaired across the US.

 

Contact:         Mark Molzen, Qwest Regional PR Manager (filling in for Bob Gravely)

                        602.630.8224 / Mark.Molzen@qwest.com                

ONSITE: Dee Dudek: 503-421-4226

 

           

 

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