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Children of all ages enjoyed The Sesame Street/ USO Experience for Military Families at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort fitness center, Nov. 6. The exclusive live performance feautured characters from Sesame Street to help children relate and cope with the challenges that coincide military lifestyle.

Photo by Sgt. Marcy Sanchez

Military families enjoy fun-filled day with Sesame Street

8 Nov 2012 | Lance Cpl. John Wilkes

 

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families came to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on Nov. 6. Air Station children were visited by Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and more friends from Sesame Street.

The Sesame Street experience is the USO’s longest running, free traveling tour. The show debuted in July 2008 and has been viewed by more than 248,000 troops and military families and performed 433 shows.

During the show, Elmo and his Sesame Street pals help their new friend Katie open up about her fears and excitement as she deals with moving to a new place and making new friends. The show consists of a fun filled performance as well as special giveaways and outreach materials for those who attended.

"This is the second time we have been to the Sesame Street experience," said Elizabeth Bradley, spouse of an Air Station Marine. "My son is four and he had a lot of fun and learned from the show as well."

The message that the Sesame Street experience sends is an important one.

"Our goal is to reach as many military children and their families as we can with Elmo and Katie’s messages of hope and resilience," said H. Melvin Ming, Sesame Workshop president and CEO. "The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is near and dear to the heart of Sesame Workshop. We are proud to see the growing number of troops and their families reached by this effort."

This year, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families is scheduled to stop at 70 locations across the country.

For more information about the Sesame Street experience, visit www.uso.org/sesame.