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1001 Tips for Military Families – Sesame Street News

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families to Hit the Road with New Wheels, New Show and New Character

Sesame Street and the USO Ask for Help Naming Elmo and Friends’
Tricked Out New Ride Via Facebook

TWITTER:     @the_USO and @Sesame Street announce new stateside military tour coming to a military base near you

WHAT:           The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families to visit more than 70 installations over next eight months and kick-off at Scott Air Force Base 

Characters from Sesame Street (specifically Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and Katie, a new military character designed exclusively for military families)

WHY:              The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – the USO’s longest running, free traveling tour based on Sesame Street’s military family initiative – is once again rolling onto U.S. military installations across the country.

Before these fuzzy, furry monsters get on their way, Sesame Street and the USO are reaching out to their fans via Facebook for help naming their new ride.  Fans should visit www.facebook.com/SesameStreetForMilitaryFamilies to submit ideas for bus names and stay tuned to www.facebook.com/theUSO later in the month for a chance to vote on the final name.  In early April, Sesame Street and the USO will announce the winning name and unveil Elmo and friends’ new tour bus.

Along for the roadside adventure is Elmo’s new friend, Katie – a military child who is relocating to a new place.  Created exclusively for this tour, Katie was first introduced to military families in April 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Columbus, OH.

Produced in partnership with VEE, this year’s tour showcases the power of friendship when Elmo and his Sesame pals help Katie open up about her fears and excitement as she deals with change and making new friends.  The show comprises a 30-minute character performance with special giveaways and outreach materials for those who attend.

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made its debut in July 2008 to help families deal with the challenges of deployment and homecomings.  Since the tour’s inception four years ago, the tour has taken its message to more than 248,000 troops and military families, and performed 433 shows on 131 military bases in 33 states and eleven countries.

To learn more about the tour visit uso.org/sesame

About Sesame Workshop:

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street.  The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company and Pinky Dinky Doo.  Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.  Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.


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