Elementary schools in Bossier City will host a live educational play at no cost, thanks to SWEPCO.

A longtime collaborator with The National Theatre for Children (NTC), the group will bring”The Safety Circus” — starring safety spokes-bug, Louie the Lightning Bug — to elementary school audiences in 16 schools across Arkansas and Louisiana this spring. The partnership between SWEPCO and NTC spans two decades, and has educated tens of thousands of children. Specifically, “The Safety Circus” covers the following educational points:

  • Where electricity is made
  • The uses of electricity
  • Identifying dangerous electrical situations
  • Staying safe around electricity

Carey Sullivan, director of Corporate Communications at SWEPCO, sees the results of that relationship, saying, “Teaching students to be safe around power lines and other potential hazards has always been one of our most crucial messages. These shows are an excellent way to deliver that message.”

NTC founder and President Ward Eames is confident the format works, explaining, “We educate kids, of course,” Eames explains, “but the information is presented in such a fun, energetic way that students will remember it for years to come. And we choose topics carefully to make sure the message is valuable and useful to those students.”

“The content of these programs is essential to safety. It’s critical that students remember what they’re seeing, because it all has practical use in their everyday lives, and because safety is an element, it could actually save their life,” adds Jennifer Harland, SWEPCO external affairs manager in Texarkana. 

Performances of The Safety Circus will take place in April in SWEPCO’s service area. Shows in Bossier Parish are:

  • Legacy Elementary, 4830 Swan Lake Rd., on April 6 at 9 and 9:30 a.m.
  • Meadowview Elementary, 4312 Shed Rd., on April 11 at 8:30 and 9 a.m.
  • Bossier Elementary, 1000 Traffic St., on April 12 at 9 a.m.
  • Apollo Elementary, 2400 Viking Dr., on April 12 1 p.m.
  • Platt Elementary, 4680 Hwy. 80, on April 18 at 1 p.m.