SWEPCO Brings Electrical Safety E-Learning Program to Students and Families

SHREVEPORT, La., Sept. 29, 2020 – Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, has partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to educate students and their families about electrical safety. The livestream program is available for grades K-5 in SWEPCO’s three-state service territory.

While SWEPCO and NTC have partnered to bring in-person theatrical performances into schools for many years, this fall the program has been adapted into an all-digital alternative as schools switch to a combination of classroom instruction and distance learning from home.

“Given the unpredictability of the current school year, e-learning programs that can be delivered remotely to teachers and students are an important way to reinforce the curriculum and form connections in this time of social distancing,” said Carey Sullivan, SWEPCO director of communications. “’The livestream event, called ‘The Safety Circus,’ allows SWEPCO to bring vital electrical safety information to schools and families.”

The program focuses on:

  • How electricity is made
  • The uses of electricity
  • Identifying dangerous electrical situations
  • Ways to stay safe around electricity

Thelivestream features a live host who introduces the program, sets up and recaps a series of four educational videos, and leads a Q&A in which students and teachers can submit questions for the host to answer live in real time. The four comedic, educational videos feature a variety of characters in humorous situations revolving around electricity.

The livestream events are supplemented by student playbooks (both print and online versions) as well as a full digital curriculum including games, activities, e-books, hands-on lessons, assessments for educators and smart speaker apps. SWEPCO sponsors every aspect of the program, making the livestream event and supplemental curriculum a cost-free addition to lessons in science, literacy and the arts.

For more information about “The Safety Circus” livestream event, visit

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About The National Theatre for Children

NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. NTC works directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, NTC presents topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students.

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)

SWEPCO, an American Electric Power (AEP: NYSE) company, serves more than 543,000 customers in northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle, and western Arkansas. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at Connect with us at,,,, and

About American Electric Power (AEP)

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s approximately 17,400 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 221,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 30,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,200 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit

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