The Council for Exceptional Children Hosts Easter Party for Disabled Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) paired up with The Shore for Students with Autism Center to host an Easter party for students with disabilities on Thursday, March 28 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
The party was held in the gym at The Shore Center. The event was broken down into two different groups of students, an older and younger group.
The Shore Center is an education facility located in Tinton Falls that works with children with autism and their parents to help them learn and develop. The Shore Center also helps parents of autistic children by offering lectures to help them learn how to help their children develop and grow. The staff at The Shore Center uses research-based practices to ensure education for each of the students.
Members of the Council for Exceptional Children, including executive board members and general members attended the event to work with the students and coordinate the activities throughout the day. Staff members from The Shore Center also attended to help with the activities and students.
President of The Council for Exceptional Children, Kate Muller, used the group’s Facebook page to promote the event inviting all CEC members and other University students to participate in the Easter party. She posted this as a way to get involved with the group as well as build on community service hours.
“It’s a lot of fun to put these events together. It’s not just fun for the students. All of the CEC members who went had a great time helping out and just had fun with the students at the Shore Center. We know they had a good time and that is all we could ask for,” said Muller.
The members of the club spent the day completing many activities with the two groups of students. There were Easter egg hunts outside of The Shore Center for each group of students. There were also activities and games including pin the tail on the bunny, inflatable egg toss and a ring toss. There were Easter themed crafts the students could make and take home. The club also had items to give to the students throughout the day. These items included temporary tattoos, stickers, pinwheels and egg-shaped beaded necklaces.
Throughout the duration of the event snacks and music were available for the students and staff to help them enjoy the party even more. If the students wanted, there was a five-foot inflatable bunny that they could stand next to and take a picture with.
“All of the activities at the event were definitely a success. The kids seemed to really enjoy them. It was fun for us to watch the kids enjoy what we put together for them. Being a part of this club gave me a way to do community service that I really enjoy,” said CEC member Madison Pinto.
For anyone interested in getting involved with The Council for Exceptional Children, contact Muller at email@example.com to be added to the mailing list for meeting information. Students can also join the “MU CEC Club” group on Facebook to receive updates.
PHOTO COURTESY of Kate Muller