There’s something about the combination of theater and humor that grabs kids’ attention and keeps it.
Just ask any of the 15,000 children across our service territory who are getting kid-friendly, long-lasting lessons in electrical safety from a stage show that we’re bringing to dozens of schools.
The shows have been getting high marks from young spectators, including Nora Crambo, a fourth-grade student at Lakeland Elementary School in Lackawanna County.
“I learned that you can’t put heaters right next to windows, you have to put them three feet away, you don’t touch frayed wires and that water and electricity don’t mix,” she said. “The best part was all of the characters that the actors did. They were all really funny.”
Nearly 500 students who were captivated by performances at Reidenbaugh Elementary School in Lancaster County clearly enjoyed the humorous nature of the plays. Rebecca Stanion, president of the school’s parent-teacher organization, said she was grateful that PPL offered the program to her school.
“It was awesome,” Stanion said. “It was so educational and informative and all with a little sense of humor. They captivated the kids for sure.”
We’ve sponsored the shows since 2015. They are performed by The National Theatre for Children, a touring company that performs shows across the country.
Safety Detectives in Hot Pursuit, which teaches kids about electricity, how it’s used, and how to identify dangerous situations and prevent fires, is being performed at 37 schools in our service territory between Oct. 16 and Nov. 10.
It’s part of our plan to deliver its safety message to 100,000 youngsters over a five-year period. By the end of the tour, the fourth offered by PPL, nearly 43,000 children will have seen the performances. The goal is to teach young children lessons they will remember for a lifetime and share with their family and friends.
The in-school theater performances are one of a number of programs we offer geared toward public safety. This year we reached more than 10,000 people with our Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit, which shows how to stay safe around overhead and underground power lines.
We also have a safety education program that reaches out to contractors and first responders and have a safety page – pplelectric.com/safety – that provides information on a wide range of electrical safety topics, like outage and storm safety.