Shopping at Megabox with special education students
Shopping at a mall can be fun and eye-opening. All ages can enjoy walking around and taking in the amazing sights and smells. Children with special needs are no different from other children in this regard. On March 14 and 21, volunteers from the Order of Malta Hong Kong brought Caritas Lok Yi School boarding students to walk around and window shop at Mega Box, a large multi-purpose shopping mall in Kwun Tong.
There were about 10 to 12 volunteers joining each day, with each volunteer accompanying one student to walk around the different floors of the mall.
Most stayed on the 9th floor (where there was a musical corridor). The students would often find it fascinating to watch the movable mechanical bumble bees and the ‘mega fish’ sliding up and down or in a circle.
Other students were swept away in joy by playing in the game zone. Some of our volunteers helped the students to ride the mechanical cars (which featured interactive digital display screens).
Everyone there could feel the positive energy and fun the children were having. Even the shyer students who required help from a wheelchair tapped along with their hands to the music. Others who were known to be more serious lit up upon seeing starry ceiling of lighting and different moving characters. One of our volunteers said, “it is so rewarding to see the joy and fun these kids have. I think the time spent with them is totally worth spending.”