He’s the baby on the block, but he already knows his A, B, C’s; his 1, 2, 3’s; and his Do-re-mi’s. He’s perpetually turned 3-and-a-half for nearly 20 years, but he’s still “got new shoes.”
For toddlers, he’s an A-List celebrity. For parents, he’s nothing short of a red felt superhero.
Elmo is back with the Sesame Street gang in the USO’s longest-running traveling show and the first-ever designed specifically for military families. Yours truly had the incredible opportunity to volunteer and help recently, and I had a blast!
The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families – the USO’s longest running, free traveling tour based on Sesame Street’s military family initiative – began rolling onto U.S. military installations across the country with the first event taking place at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois on April 7. Created exclusively for this tour, Katie was first introduced to military families in April 2011 by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at a Joining Forces rally in Columbus, Ohio.
Produced in partnership with VEE, this year’s 70-stop 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 moving to a new place and making new friends. The show comprises a fun-filled character performance with special giveaways and outreach materials for those who attend.
Since its debut in July 2008, the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families 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.