LOUIE THE LIGHTNING BUG IS BACK IN EAST TEXAS
WITH “LIVE” ELECTRICAL SAFETY MESSAGES FOR SCHOOLS
SHREVEPORT, La., April 18, 2016 – AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) is bringing its electrical safety education efforts into the classroom through an innovative and interactive educational touring theatre show that actively engages local school children in learning.
The Further Adventures of Louie the Lightning Bug is SWEPCO’s fast-paced, action-packed live learning program that involves kids in the subject matter, presents lessons in a way that kids enjoy and helps children remember what they learned about electrical safety long after the show is over.
SWEPCO has sponsored “…Further Adventures of Louie…” in 20 elementary schools across its service area this month at no charge. Scheduled to host the show locally in the Gilmer area include:
Gilmer Elem. 1625 US Highway 271-N. April 21 8:15, 9:00 & 9:45 a.m.
Using colorful sets and characters in humorous situations, “Further Adventures…” is designed to teach young people the concepts and importance of electrical safety.
The producer of this educational program is The National Theatre for Children (NTC), a Minnesota-based national touring company. NTC develops and takes educational theatre programs to schools on behalf of corporations, non-profits and municipalities that wish to teach important societal messages for 6- to 12-year-old students in a unique way. Using creative audience participation techniques, NTC performs age-appropriate live theatre and supplies each student and teacher with follow-up curriculum.
Keith Honey, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Longview, said bringing Louie to local schools underscores AEP’s commitment to electrical safety and education of young people.
“Working together, SWEPCO and NTC make it possible for local students to see this program and learn about electrical safety in a fun, exciting way that will help students remember how to play it safe around electricity,” said Honey.
The curriculum materials that accompany the program are used in the classroom to expand on and reinforce electricity and electrical safety concepts. The materials include booklets that students can take home and share with parents to demonstrate and strengthen the youngsters’ understanding.
SWEPCO, an operating company unit of American Electric Power, serves 530,000 customers in East Texas and the Panhandle, Northwest and central Louisiana and western Arkansas. AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to over 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, which includes 39,000 miles of transmission lines. AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.
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