The looks on the faces of students at King Elementary School in Lancaster told Araceli Edwards all she needed to know: The theatrical performance about electrical safety that PPL Electric Utilities brought to the school was a success.

Students were engaged. They were entertained. And, most importantly, they learned valuable lessons.

Nearly 150 students sat in on “The Safety Detectives in Hot Pursuit,” a high-energy show designed to teach youngsters life-long lessons about staying safe around electricity.

It’s one of more than two dozen shows that we’re planning for nearly 8,000 children across our service territory from April 16 to May 4.

“That was very nice,” Edwards said after the half-hour performance on Monday, April 16, that kicked off the tour. “This is the kind of activity the kids love. It was fun.”

The spring tour is part of our plan to deliver electrical safety lessons to 100,000 students over a five-year period.

By the end of the current tour, more than 50,000 students will have seen the shows, performed by actors from the National Theatre for Children, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization. (Pictured at right are Laura Schaefer and Riley Lindell, the actors bringing the spring shows to life.)

“Our goal with this program is to teach children in such a way that they remember these lessons for a lifetime,” said Mark Santayana, supervisor-Public Safety for PPL Electric Utilities. “The goal is not only to keep kids safer, but to have them share with their family and friends the lessons learned.”

We deliver the program during spring and fall tours. It’s one of a number of ways we educate the public about electrical safety. We also offer an electrical safety program for contractors and first responders, a Live Line Electrical Safety Exhibit that tours our service territory, and safety presentations given by our employees.