NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's visual impairment and orientation and mobility program recently partnered with the SFA Braille and Cane Club and the Texas Division for Blind Services to host an Easter party for area children.

SFA students volunteered during the event to help children create craft projects and engage in activities. There also was an egg hunt on the SFA campus with beeping eggs, and children met the Easter bunny and enjoyed petting bunnies and a rooster.

Michael Munro, SFA visual impairment and orientation and mobility program director, said this event positions the university as a resource for students with visual impairments and their families, as well as provides SFA students the opportunity to work directly with visually impaired children.

"The event is a way to give back to the community and celebrate some great kids," Munro said.

While the event benefited the community, it also aided SFA students, as they learned how to organize and raise funds for an event. Additionally, students wrote a reflection paper to help further develop their skills and professionalism.

"Through events like this, our program provides real-world learning opportunities," Munro said. "Also, families can come together and feel supported by the university. Our biggest measure of success is the smiles and joy we give to the area's visually impaired children."