Botha and Stettler students jolted with theatre energy

Botha and Stettler elementary schools got a charge out of a safety show on stage last Thursday.

Last Thursday at Botha School

Botha and Stettler elementary schools got a charge out of a safety show on stage last Thursday.

ATCO Energy Theatre continues its road show this Thursday at Theresetta Catholic School in Castor.

“We appreciate ATCO, with its shows to promote safety and career options in the community,” said Botha School principal Mitch Hammond said.

For the past few years, ATCO has also visited schools to give hands-on safety demonstrations and even showed a mock-up of a small town, Hammond said.

ATCO Energy Theatre and its “Power Game with the Blue Flame” uses “edu-tainment” to teach children lessons about electricity and natural gas, their hazards, and how to avoid potentially fatal situations.

“Safety of the public, our customers and our employees is a core value at ATCO,” said president Bill Stephens.

“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 4 to 6.”

Since the program started in 2007, educators and parents have been receptive to the program, the company said.

“We believe live theatre is a particularly effective educational tool,” said Bobbi Lambright, president of ATCO Electric’s distribution division.

“The script and performances by our actors allow our young audiences 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 and provides important information they can bring home and start to apply immediately.”

For more information and to connect to safety games, visit the website: www.atcoenergytheatre.com.

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