Sesame Street brings fun and lessons to Area IV
DAEGU GARRISON – When you think about things that happen on an Army post, what comes to mind? Probably not Bert and Ernie or the Cookie Monster. But they were right here in Area IV for two free Sesame Street shows, one each on U.S. Army Garrison Daegu’s Camps Walker and Carroll recently.
These were not plain old Sesame Street shows, however. Sponsored by the USO, the Walker show was about kids and military pcs moves; the Carroll show covered kids and military transitions, going to civilian life after years in the military community.
“The purpose of the show is fun and exciting for children of all ages, while also discussing very important obstacles and challenges of being a military family,” said the Daegu USO Programs Coordinator, Jessica Clawson “This show is held in USAG Daegu about every two years to support military families. This event is a good way for families to spend time together. Especially overseas, it provides wonderful lessons for military children, along with giving them the feeling of being home in the USA.”
The original Sesame Street show first aired in 1969, and has broadcast more than 4,500 episodes. The TV show has fun, energetic characters, exiting stories, learning and life lessons. The USO brought the concept and transformed it into life lessons for military children and families.
The Moving Show was performed in Camp Walker and it featured Katie, a military kid on Sesame Street. Katie is moving to a new base, saying goodbye to old friends, making new friends, and all the other challenges our military families encounter. Katie then took on the Transition Show at Camp Carroll. This time she was in transition back to civilian life after living on military bases for the past few years.
The Camp Carroll show offered an opportunity for orphans from Love and Hope orphanage in Daegu to attend. This was a chance for Korean children to experience a show that is a big part of American culture. The Korean children enjoyed the singing and interacting with military children.