National Theatre actors perform The Safety Circus at a Shreveport elementary school.
Elementary schools across Northwest Louisiana will host a live educational play at no cost, thanks to SWEPCO, longtime collaborator with The National Theatre for Children (NTC). The Safety Circus, starring safety spokes-bug Louie the Lightning Bug, will be performed to elementary school audiences in 34 schools this month. The partnership between SWEPCO and NTC spans two decades, and has educated tens of thousands of children. Specifically, The Safety Circus covers the following educational points:
- Where electricity is made
- The uses of electricity
- Identifying dangerous electrical situations
- Staying safe around electricity
Carey Sullivan, director of Corporate Communications at SWEPCO, sees the results of that relationship. “Teaching students to be safe around power lines and other potential hazards has always been one of our most crucial messages. These shows are an excellent way to deliver that message.”
NTC founder and President Ward Eames is confident the format works. “We educate kids, of course,” Eames explains, “but the information is presented in such a fun, energetic way that students will remember it for years to come. And we choose topics carefully to make sure the message is valuable and useful to those students.”
“The content of these programs is essential to safety. It’s critical that students remember what they’re seeing, because it all has practical use in their everyday lives, and because safety is an element, it could actually save their life,” adds John Hubbard, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Shreveport.