The Sesame Street/ USO Experience is currently touring Stateside, with the latest stop at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Take a look at all the fun!
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!
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
…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:
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.
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…
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
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…