Family picnic for special needs kids Friday

Dave Mathieson
Published on July 3, 2014
Blake Stewart, left, Jill Wood and Lace Bulmer will be on hand to provide fun activities Friday during a family picnic hosted by Cumberland Early Intervention. The fun runs from 12 to 2 p.m., at the sponge park playground on Beacon Street. 
Dave Mathieson - Cumberland News Now

AMHERST – Families and kids with special needs are welcome to attend a family picnic Friday from 12 to 2 p.m.

The picnic is at the McDonalds-Rotary children’s sponge park on Beacon Street in Amherst.

“There will be a free barbecue, snacks, drinks and face painting,” said Lace Bulmer, a second year, summertime respite worker at Cumberland Early Intervention Program.

Bulmer attends Crandall University, and will be joined at the picnic by Jill Wood, a Mount Allison University student who is also in her second summer at CEIP, and Blake Stewart, an Acadia University student in his first year at CEIP.

The three respite workers help a total of 30 families, 10 families each for three hours a week.

Stewart says the work is very rewarding because many of the activities they do, the kids have never done before.

They work throughout the summer, providing recreational activities for special needs kids.

Not only do they assist the kids in their development but they also offer assistance to families in their every day routines allowing parents periods of relaxation.