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ATCO Uses Edu-tainment To Teach Safety Education

 

EDMONTON, AB – Who says safety education can’t be fun? This month, ATCO Energy Theatre is on the road once again with a new safety performance, POWER TEAM: Origin of Power Woman. Visiting schools in 31 communities across central and southern Alberta, this show will get students giggling and singing, while learning to be safe around natural gas and electricity.

Offered free-of-charge to elementary schools in communities served by ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric, ATCO Energy Theatre is a unique approach that uses “edu-tainment” to teach young children important lessons about the safe use and benefits of electricity and natural gas.

“Safety of the public, our customers and our employees is a core value at ATCO, and ATCO Energy Theatre is a tangible part of that commitment,” said Bill Stephens, President, ATCO Gas. “The program reinforces information presented in safety education programs already offered to schools by both ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric, as well as science information related to the Alberta school curriculum for Grades 3-6.”

“We believe live theatre is a particularly effective educational tool,” said Sett Policicchio, President, ATCO Electric. “The script and performances by our actors allow our young audience members to see themselves in the context of the play which is extremely important for learning. We’re using the power of theatre to tell a story that is relevant to their world while providing important information students can bring home and start applying immediately.”

POWER TEAM: Origin of Power Woman is the first chapter in a series of musicals being developed by ATCO Energy Theatre. With script and direction by Maralyn Ryan and music by Justin McDonough, this high-energy and hilarious adventure introduces Power Woman as she discovers her super power of knowledge, and forms her crew of superhero friends, the Power Team.

Since its introduction in 2007, ATCO Energy Theatre has “edu-tained” over 112,000 students, teachers and school principals in every corner of the province. In 2012, the Canadian Gas Association awarded the ATCO Energy Theatre program with its Public Safety Award recognizing the program as an excellent source for natural gas safety education and public awareness in Canada. More fun and learning can be found at www.atcoenergytheatre.com.

ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric are part of the ATCO Group of Companies. With more than 9,000 employees and assets of approximately $18 billion, ATCO is a diversified global corporation delivering service excellence and innovative business solutions through leading companies engaged in Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution) and Energy (power generation and sales, industrial water infrastructure, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction). More information can be found at www.atco.com.

Local performances:

Week #4 – May 25 – 29

May 25 – Lethbridge / Coalhurst

May 26 – Stand Off / Hill Spring

May 27 – Milk River / Raymond

May 28 – Picture Butte / Claresholm

May 29 – High River / Black Diamond

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