Elmo, Rosita Plot a Course for Hawaii, Guam for USO Education Tour
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Elmo and Rosita join Sesame Street puppeteers Kevin Clash and Carmen Osbahr as they embark on their second USO education tour to Hawaii and Guam on March 1-10. The fun-filled activities include a series of shows for youngsters that brighten the spirits of kids experiencing the effects of their parent's deployment while delivering a touch of home. The performances are complete with songs and lively interaction with military schoolchildren.
In 2010, Clash and Osbahr visited four military schools in Germany, performed 10 USO shows and lifted the spirits of nearly 1,000 troops and military schoolchildren.
"Kids are the most innocent people on earth and they are sometimes the ones most impacted during deployments," Clash said. "It's a great thing to see their faces light up and to see their enthusiasm when Elmo or Rosita appear in the room. I'm proud to be participating in my second USO tour and couldn't think of a better way to give back to our men and women who fight for our country than by bringing cheer to those they love the most, their children."
"When I went out on my first USO tour I was amazed by how much the children were touched and by how much I was moved by them," Osbahr said. "Hearing about their experiences really brought home to me the goodness that we are delivering to military families and I'm happy to know that we've been able to make a difference in their lives year after year."
This tour is part of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, produced in partnership with VEE Corporation, as part of Sesame Workshop’s military families initiative that launched in 2006. This bi-lingual, multimedia initiative provides support and offers significant resources for military families with young children between the ages of 2 and 5 experiencing the effects of deployments, multiple deployments, when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury and the death of a parent.
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