McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


April 13, 2014

Louie the Lightning Bug set for McAlester appearance

McALESTER — Lights On For Louie, a multimedia safety program for students, will be at Hanna and Krebs elementary schools Tuesday; and Haileyville School and Washington and William Gay early childhood centers Wednesday.

The curriculum is sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma, an operating company of American Electric Power.

Lights On For Louie, produced by The National Theatre for Children, uses  interactive learning techniques that include an entertaining all-school assembly performed by professional actors to teach elementary students about how electricity is made and used, how to identify dangerous situations and ways to stay safe around electricity.

“It’s the combination of live, interactive theater, student workbooks and educational games that makes this program so effective,” said PSO Community Affairs Manager Frank Phillips. “It’s one thing to get students thinking intellectually about how they can be safe around electricity, and the classroom activities are great for that. But seeing a real, live Louie the Lightning Bug on stage encouraging them to be safe? That’s incredible. It hits them emotionally and really cements our safety message in their minds.”

And the message doesn’t stop at the classroom door. The students take what they’ve learned home and share it with their families, helping them build good electrical safety habits in the home.

“Obviously, as a utility company, this is really important to us,” Phillips said. “It (safety) is a very serious matter. But with NTC, we’re able to put this really fun, funny character, performed by great actors, right on stage in front of them to deliver the important information in a way that’s really memorable. Hundreds of thousands of young adults in our service area have learned how to be safe around electricity because they’ve actually seen Louie.”

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