More than 7,500 local K-3 students will learn about electrical safety

Bilingual education play “Pedro’s Path to Power” teaches kids to make smart choices

April 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. — In its fourth year, the successful bilingual interactive musical Pedro’s Path to Power, written by Playwright Matthew B. Zrebski, aims to educate youth about electrical safety through song, dance and audience participation. A partnership between Portland General Electric and Oregon’s Children Theatre, the production teaches kindergarten through third-grade students that they have the power to make smart, safe choices around electricity.

“Safety is one of our core values at PGE,” said Kregg Arntson, PGE’s corporate social responsibility manager. “Pedro’s Path to Power is an exciting and fun way to teach children how electricity works and most importantly how to stay safe and make smart choices around electricity.“

With 44 shows at 36 different elementary schools in only four weeks this year’s tour is reaching more students than ever before. The 30-minute play, free to schools, follows 7-year-old Pedro, played by new actor Rafael Miguel, as he travels on his path to power and learns about electricity. Pedro and his friend Serena, played by another new actress, Cassie Greer, are busy playing baseball when Pedro hits a homerun and the ball flies over the fence. As they climb over the fence to reach the ball they notice a “black snake,” which Pedro’s mom identifies as a downed power line. This sets the scene for Pedro and his path to understanding power and making safe choices.

“Oregon Children’s Theatre is proud to partner with PGE for a fourth season of Pedro’s Path to Power,” said Stan Foote, OCT’s artistic director. “As partners we believe in the power to teach life skills.”

Electrical safety tips in Spanish and English help Pedro’s Path to Power break both cultural and language barriers that students may face, and it helps all students to feel included in their schools and communities.

To learn more about the importance of being safe around electricity, visit PortlandGeneral.com/Safety, where you’ll find helpful tips, reminders, and educational games for kids. For more information about other educational opportunities in the classroom visit PortlandGeneral.com/EnergyEducation.

East Portland/Gresham:

  • April 22, 9:00 a.m. Alder Elementary, 17200 SE Alder Street Portland
  • April 22, 1:45 p.m. Oregon Trail Elementary, 13895 SE 152nd Dr, Clackamas
  • April 23, 9:45 a.m. Buckman Elementary, 320 SE 16th Ave, Portland
  • May 1, 9:30 a.m. Deep Creek Elementary, 15600 SE 232nd Dr, Damascus
  • May 1, 12:30 p.m. Seth Lewelling Elementary, 5325 SE Logus Rd, Milwaukie
  • May 7, 9:45 and 10:55 a.m. Naas Elementary, 12240 SE School Avenue, Boring
  • May 7, 1:30 p.m. Hogan Cedars Elementary, 1770 SE Fleming Ave, Gresham
  • May 13, 9:00 a.m. Ardenwald Elementary, SE 36th Street, Milwaukie

North/Northeast Portland:

  • April 23, 1:00 p.m. Beach Elementary, 710 N Humboldt St, Portland
  • April 24, 2:15 p.m. Cesar Chavez Elementary, 5103 N Willis Blvd, Portland
  • April 30, 1:30 p.m. Lee Elementary School, 2222 NE 92nd Ave, Portland
  • May 2, 9:00 a.m. Salish Ponds Elementary, 1210 NE 201st Ave, Fairview
  • May 2, 1:30 p.m. Woodland Elementary, 21607 NE Glisan Street Fairview
  • May 13, 12:05 and 12:55 p.m. Margaret Scott, 14700 NE Sacramento Street, Portland

Westside:

  • April 28, 9 a.m. Echo Shaw Elementary, 914 S. Linden St., Cornelius
  • May 9, 1:15 p.m. Patterson Elementary, 261 NE Lenox Street, Hillsboro
  • May 9, 9:30 a.m. Bonny Slope Elementary, 11775 NW McDaniel Rd, Portland
  • May 12, 8:05 and 9:05 a.m. Witch Hazel Elementary, 4950 SE Davis Road, Hillsboro
  • May 12, 11:45 a.m. Brookwood Elementary, 3960 SE Cedar Street, Hillsboro
  • May 16, 9:00 a.m. West Union, 23870 NW West Union Rd, Hillsboro
  • May 16, 1:00 p.m. North Plains, 32030 NW North Ave, North Plains

Salem/ South of Portland:

  • April 24, 9:00 a.m. Joan Austin Elementary, 2200 N Center St, Newberg
  • April 25, 9 and 10:30 a.m. North Marion Primary, 20257 Grim Rd. NE, Aurora
  • April 25, 2:00 p.m. Molalla Elementary, 26660 S.Highway 213. Mulino
  • April 28, 1:00 p.m. Emmaus Christian School, 460 S Heather St, Cornelius
  • April 29, 9:00 a.m. Bethany Charter, 11824 Hazel Green Rd NE, Silverton
  • April 29, 2:00 p.m. Central Howell, 8832 Silverton RD NE Silverton
  • April 30, 9 and 9:55 a.m. Gervais Elementary, 150 Douglas Avenue, Gervais
  • May 5, 9:30 a.m. Salem Heights Elementary, 3495 Liberty Road S, Salem
  • May 5, 2:15 p.m. Morningside Elementary, 3513 12th Street SE, Salem
  • May 6, 10:00 a.m. Rural Dell Elementary, 10500 South Hwy 211, Molalla
  • May 6, 12:45 p.m. Mulino Elementary, 26660 S. Hwy 213, Mulino
  • May 8, 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. Washington Elementary, 777 East Lincoln Street, Woodburn
  • May 14, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Auburn Elementary, 4612 Auburn Road NE, Salem
  • May 14, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Mary Eyre Elementary, 4868 Buffalo Drive SE, Salem
  • May 15, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Boeckman Creek, 6700 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville
  • May 15, 10:10 and 12:45 p.m. Lincoln, 1041 N Boones Ferry Rd NE, Woodburn

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