New event provides option for disabled children


STANDISH — The inaugural Kash’s Special Easter Egg Hunt at Standish-Sterling Central Elementary was born out of an experience Katrina Kandal had last year when she took her son Kash Kandal to an egg hunt.

“I have a son who has cerebral palsy,” she said. “He’s 3 years old. You don’t realize how difficult simple traditions like this are with a child who has physical disabilities. We tried taking him to one last year and they’re done in about 30 seconds. He had a hard time.”

Katrina got to work preparing an option that would be more accommodating to Kash and others with physical disabilities, resulting in the event scheduled for noon March 25 at the elementary.

“It’s going to be geared entirely toward kids with physical disabilities,” she said. “If they’re in a wheelchair or have walkers or a gait trainer, they’re able to participate in it.”

The event is more than just an egg hunt, though, Katrina said.

“We are going to have some fire trucks there,” she said. “We have a clown coming. We have somebody doing balloon animals. Hopefully a petting zoo, depending on weather. The FFA is coming and will bring some smaller animals they can take inside if it’s raining or cold.”

During the actual egg hunt, modifications have been made to make it easy for children to get the eggs, Katrina said.

“All of the eggs are going to have washers in them, so the kids are going to have either a yardstick or retractable sticks with magnets on the end of them in case they’re not able to bend over and pick them up,” she said.

Parents or guardians are requested to RSVP prior to the event. Katrina said it is not limited to people in Arenac County.

“We’re opening it up to anyone who’s willing to travel,” she said. “We sent fliers home with people at the Bay-Arenac (Intermediate School District). I emailed fliers to all the schools in the area.”

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