First Lady Michelle Obama Calls the Sesame Street/USO Experience Her Favorite!

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks to the National Military Family Association Military Child Summit at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. May 12, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the National Military Family Association Summit in DC.  The focus of the summit was military spouses and children, and we’re thrilled to say that she cited the Sesame Street/USO Experience as her “favorite” partnership to support military kids!  Here is an excerpt from her remarks:

“One of the great lessons of recent years is that you don’t need to be a military expert to help. You don’t necessarily need to build something new to help. You can keep doing what you’re already doing and connect your work to the priorities of military families.  Consider the Sierra Club, which partnered with the NMFA to create Operation Purple — summer camps that have made a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of military kids. Or my favorite, Sesame Street, which has partnered with the USO to reach more than 100,000 military families and helped kids cope with some very challenging situations.

There are so many organizations with skills and interests that can be shared with military families, and we need to get them involved.

This is a challenge to every community in America.”  Click here to read a full transcript of the First Lady’s comments.

The Sesame Street/USO Experience continues touring throughout the US in 2010.  Below is the schedule for June.  Check with your base’s MWR for ticketing information.  We hope to see you there!

JUNE

Megan Noe poses with her son Henry in front of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Militar Families poster at Natcher Gym on the Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky, April 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Pat McDonogh)

MCAS Beaufort – South Carolina – June 2 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; June 3 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

NSB Kings Bay – Georgia – June 5 – TBD

NAS Jacksonville – Florida – June 6 – 2:00 p.m.

NS Mayport – Florida – June 10 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Fort Benning – Georgia – June 12 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; June 13 – 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Fort Rucker – Alabama – June 16 – 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; June 17 – 2:00 p.m.

NAS Pensacola – Florida – June 19 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; June 20 – 2:00 p.m.

Keesler AFB – Mississippi – June 23-24 – TBD

NAS JRB New Orleans – Louisiana – June 25-26 – TBD

Fort Polk – Louisiana – June 29-30 – TBD

Dover AFB, Meet Elmo…

…and Grover and Cookie Monster and Rosita and Zoe!  The Sesame Street/USO Experience alighted in Delaware as part of their Stateside tour for Phase IV of this entertaining family show.  Check out the photo essay below:

Children of military families pose for a photo while awaiting the start of a Sesame Street/USO show at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, April 29, 2010. (USO photo by Mike Theiler)

Military family members were thrilled to see 'Elmo' and his friends sing, dance and perform just for them, as they continue a six-month tour of military bases in the U.S. (USO photo by Mike Theiler)

Dozens of military families military danced along - or just saw in awe! - as the Muppets of Sesame Street perform a show at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, April 29, 2010. (USO photo by Mike Theiler)

Children of military families get up close and personal with some of their favorite Sesame Street characters. Having previously visited military families in Asia, the Pacific and Europe, the tour is now visiting more than 40 bases in the United States. (USO photo by Mike Theiler)

Want to learn more about Dover?  Click here to watch a video about the USO Centers there, visit this blog post and read about the new Families of the Fallen Center, and learn more about USO Delaware director Joan Cote.

Did We Tell You How to Get to Sesame Street?

Landon Morgan, age 18 months gets a kiss from his father Specialist Benjamin Morgan before the start of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families at Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky, April 18, 2010. Phase IV of the traveling show kicked-off at Fort Knox with shows on April 17th and 18th. (USO Photo by Pat McDonogh)

It’s easy to get to Sesame Street: catch up with the Sesame Street/USO Experience on a base near you!  Phase IV kicked off stateside in April and will be on tour through September.  We’ve listed May’s schedule at the end of this post and you can see the full schedule online by clicking here.  We hope to see you there!

In the meantime, enjoy some pictures from the kick-off event at Fort Knox and a quick video from their stop at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling…

Hundreds of military familes gather at the Natcher Gym in Fort Knox, Kentucky for the Sesame Street /USO Experience for Military Families, April 18, 2010. The free traveling tour for military families is making it's second trek across the U.S. and kicked-off with three shows at the Fort Knox Army facility. (USO Photo by Pat McDonogh)

Jaylee Sarrazin gets up close and personal with the Sesame Street characters on a sign at the entrance to Natcher Gym in Fort Knox, Kentucky, April 18, 2010. The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families kicked-off the traveling tour's return to the U.S. with three shows at Fort Knox Army base. (USO Photo by Pat McDonogh)

Military families at Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky enjoy some quality time together while attending the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families performance, April 18, 2010. (USO Photo by Pat McDonogh)

May Schedule
Aberdeen Proving Grounds – Maryland – May 1 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Fort Belvoir – Virginia – May 2 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
JB Andrews – NAF Washington – Maryland – May 4 – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
MCB Quantico – Virginia – May 6 – 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; May 7 – 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
NAS Patuxent River – Maryland – May 9 – 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Langley AFB – Virginia – May 13 – 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Joint Expeditionary Base West Little Creek – Fort Story – Virginia – May 15 – 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.; May 16 – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
MCAS Cherry Point – North Carolina – May 19 – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.; May 20 – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
MCB Camp Lejeune – North Carolina – May 22 – 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., May 23 – 1:00 p.m.
Shaw AFB – South Carolina – May 26 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; May 27 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Fort Jackson – South Carolina – May 28 – TBD

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families heads stateside PLUS a New Initiative from Sesame Workshop

Young fans embraced their favorite furry red monster during a performance of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families at RAF Mildenhall in England September 8, 2009. (USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ve probably heard about and seen pictures from The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour that travel around the world.  Across nine countries and 76 military bases, thousands of military kids and their parents have enjoyed the performances of Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and Zoe, beloved characters from the award-winning television series.

We’re thrilled to announce that The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is back in the U.S. after an around-the-world tour.  The show, which is exclusively for military families, kicks off its second swing through the U.S. on April 17, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

“There is no denying the positive impact this tour is having on our nation’s military community,” said Sloan Gibson, USO president.  “We listen to our troops and understand the challenges they face at home, and are proud to call Sesame Workshop our partner in helping to ease the daily stresses on military families.”  Bookmark this page for updated tour schedules and more.

The tour serves as an extension of traditional USO entertainment tours and a continuation of Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Talk, Listen, Connect initiative – which provides vital resources and emotional support to military families with young children coping with challenging transitions in their lives.

This partnership has been wonderful for the USO, as well as Sesame Workshop.  In his latest blog post, Sesame Workshop’s President and CEO Gary E. Knell has this to say: “One of the most rewarding parts about being here at Sesame Workshop is the honest ability to make a difference in this world. Five years ago, I was outraged at the lack of resources available to military families. Today, I’m proud that Sesame Street is able to help.”

Now, we’re proud to announce a new installment in this initiative, When Families Grieve, which will kick-off nationally with a one-hour televised special hosted by Katie Couric and airing on PBS stations (check local listings).  Beginning April 15, the multimedia, bi-lingual (English and Spanish) outreach kit will be available at www.sesamestreet.org/grief.

Outreach kits on the previous three installments of Talk, Listen, Connect are available on their website currently, and continue to make a difference in the lives of military children everywhere.  So set your DVRs, bookmark the website, and take a moment to watch a short video on last’s years unveiling of the “Deployments” kit…

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The Sesame Street/USO Experience Travels to Korea

(l-r) Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Zoe, and Rosita dance hand-in-hand during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Osan Air Base in South Korea, February 12, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

(l-r) Cookie Monster, Rosita, Elmo, Zoe and Grover greet fans of all ages during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at Osan Air Base in South Korea, February 12, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

Maj Matthew McAlister reads a Sesame Street book with his daugher Chloe, 5, before the start of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010. McAlister is originally from Sough Paris, Maine. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

The children of service members scream and wave as the muppets came onstage during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

Elmo look-alike Jackson Pack, 22 mos, eagerly awaits the start of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010. Jackson attended the show with his father Sgt Jaon Pack from Rock Hill, South Carolina. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

(l-r) Cookie Monster, Zoe, Rosita, Elmo and Grover pose for a photo with audience members in the background following a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

Zoe greets a young fan in the audience during a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

Service members and their families fill the gym in anticipation of the start of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

The children of US service members scream and wave as Elmo took to the stage at the start of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Humphreys in South Korea February 9, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

(l-r muppets) Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita, Elmo and Zoe pose for a photo with service members and their children following a performance of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Humphreys in South Korea February 9, 2010. (USO PHOTO BY FRED GREAVES)

The Sesame Street/USO Experience Visits Osan!

"...and, in conclusion, THAT is how you get to Sesame Street!" Maj Matthew McAlister reads a Sesame Street book with his daugher Chloe, 5, before the start of the USO/Sesame Street Experience for Military Families at USAG Yongsan in South Korea, February 10, 2010.(USO Photo by Fred Greaves)

The USO and Sesame Workshop have partnered again for phase III of “The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families” – a free traveling USO tour featuring five of America’s favorite Muppets. The tour has traveled to 13 military installations in Japan, Korea and Guam over the course of two months, delivering family friendly shows tailored specifically for military families.  To date, the tour has performed a whopping 154 shows and entertained more than 105,700 military families!!!

This program is an extension of Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect program, a military outreach initiative launched in 2006, providing support and resources for military families with young children experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple deployments, and/or a parent’s return home changed due to a combat-related injury.

We hope you’ll enjoy this video from their latest visit – to Osan, Japan – and look for an exclusive photo essay on the blog this weekend!