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‘A Bug’s Light!’ Teaches Electrical Safety to Area Students

Pictured above: Sparky the Wonderbug (l.), The Dragonfly (c.) and Nancy M. Williams (r.), SCE Local Public Affairs Region Manager, with students from Art Haydox Elementary School

Pictured above: Sparky the Wonderbug (l.), The Dragonfly (c.) and Nancy M. Williams (r.), SCE Local Public Affairs Region Manager, with students from Art Haydox Elementary School

Oxnard, CA —  On Thursday, October 16, 2014, a superhero insect headed to Art Haydox Elementary School to teach students about electrical safety through a live theatre production of “A Bug’s Light!”

Sparky the Wonder Bug starred in the multimedia, interactive safety production, produced by The National Theatre for Children (NTC), which actively engages students in learning what they and their families can do safely around electricity.  An estimated 23,000 students across Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service area are expected to see the production as part of National Preparedness Month.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority and we want children, as well as adults, to know how to be safe around electricity,” said Janet Clayton, senior vice president, Corporate Communications for Edison International and Southern California Edison. “When we saw how well students and teachers reacted to ‘A Bug’s Light!’, we were excited to bring it back again and continue educating children about electrical safety in a way that makes learning fun.”

The production used a combination of interactive learning techniques that included an entertaining, all-school assembly performed by professional actors, classroom curriculum, digital educational games and homework assignments.

“Children learn important safety lessons including how electricity is made and used, how to identify dangerous situations both inside and outside the home, and ways to stay safe around electricity, including when around downed power lines,” said Nancy M. Williams, SCE Local Public Affairs Region Manager. In addition, employees from Edison International and Southern California Edison participated, helping to deliver key safety messages at each performance.

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About The National Theatre for Children
In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people — and their families — to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, STEM, financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others. Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an educational content provider whose repertoire includes print curriculum, digital classroom games and multi-platform educational media. We have developed the art of teaching through educational theatre into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational program in the world. www.nationaltheatre.com

About Edison International
Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison.

Edison International’s support of charitable causes is funded entirely by Edison International shareholders. The company’s community donations are part of its commitment as a leading corporate citizen. Southern California Edison (SCE) customers’ utility bill payments do not fund company donations.

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