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Sesame Street's Grover Encourages Kids to Work Hard

Friday, November 01, 2013

By Christian Pelusi 

Grover, the blue man of the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour group, is a monster of many talents. Not only can he fly with a moderate amount of ease as the superhero Super Grover, he can also perform many different duties, such as handyman, cab driver or photographer. Those jobs – combined with his time spent visiting military children around the world – leaves him with precious few moments to chat, so we were so happy he took time to answer some questions for us while on the road with the Sesame Street gang.  

Q. You’re a hard worker, keeping many jobs at one time. What can you share with children about the importance of working hard in school?  

Grover: Oh it is very important to work hard in school. You need to learn your ABC’s and 123’s, along with everything else your teacher teaches you, so you can grow up to be smart and get any job you want! Just as long as you don’t take my shift at Charlie’s Restaurant.

Q. Occasionally you will change into your alter ego, Super Grover. What would Super Grover want to say about military children and the challenges they face?  

Grover: I, Super Grover, would tell military children that sometimes it is okay to be scared. I know you would not expect to hear that from a superhero such as myself, but as long as you talk about your feelings, you will soon feel brave again and will be able to face any challenge that comes your way! 

Q. You, Elmo and Cookie Monster have really helped Katie during her time with the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families tour. Tell us about Katie and how she has fit in with the group. 

Grover: Katie is so nice except she was sad when she found out she had to move away with her family. I, along with all of my friends from Sesame Street, made her feel better by letting her know that we will always be friends!

Q. Bravery is a characteristic that both you and our servicemen and women and their families share. What comes to mind when you think about our nation’s troops and their loved ones? 

Grover: I am so proud of all of the military families! They are so strong and resilient and I am so thankful for all they do. They are also very cute and furry … oh wait, that furry one is me … but they are very cute, too!

Read our other interviews with Cookie Monster, Elmo and Katie! 

And check out the remaining dates for this year’s tour. 

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