"The Safety Circus" Energizes Minnesota Students

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Minnesota Power and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire Minnesota students and their families.

Live theatre is a great way to educate. The show goes beyond reading or other, more passive methods of engaging kids.

Minnesota Power and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire Minnesota students and their families. From April 23 to May 11, professional actors from NTC will visit 28 elementary schools with live performances of The Safety Circus, sparking conversations on electrical safety in classrooms throughout Minnesota Power’s service area.

The program will focus on:

  • How electricity is made
  • The uses of electricity
  • How to identify dangerous electrical conditions
  • Ways to stay safe around electricity

The live program revolves around Jack “Sully” Sullivan, the owner of Sully’s Safety Circus, who discovers that the Mayor is sending an inspector to make sure that the circus is using electricity safely. With the help of a few colorful friends, as well as student volunteers, Sully sets off to learn about electrical safety and keep his circus afloat.

In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, e-books, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. Minnesota Power sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC president and founder Ward Eames. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”

For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Matt Levine at mlevine@ntccorporate.com. For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.com.

About Minnesota Power

Minnesota Power is a utility company based in Duluth, Minn., and is owned by ALLETE, Inc., a provider of affordable, reliable energy services in the Upper Midwest. Other ALLETE businesses include U.S. Water Services; Superior Water, Light & Power; ALLETE Clean Energy; ALLETE Renewable Resources; and BNI Energy. Minnesota Power provides electricity in a 26,000-square-mile service area in northeastern Minnesota, serving about 145,000 residential and commercial customers.

About The National Theatre for Children

NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level.

Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.

Visit http://www.NTCcorporate.com.

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