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Preparedness Puppet Show a Hit with Students

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“The children can identify with the characters and it is a fun filled, positive message."

While it wasn’t exactly the circus coming to town, the Kindergarteners through 3rd Graders at Toro Park School in Salinas, California, got plenty of surprises and laughs from a December 16 puppet show on how to prepare for and respond safely to emergencies.

The Fire and Earthquake Prevention Puppet Show is a new program for the American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter, thanks to a grant from the Pebble Beach Company Foundation.

This program compliments the adult Disaster Preparedness Program presented to organizations throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties.

More than 400 students, including deaf and hard of hearing students and those with special needs, watched the performances of skits and musical numbers featuring popular television personalities such as Big Bird and Elmo.

“This program is perfect for this age group,” said Wanda Vollmer, community preparedness manager for the Monterey Bay Area Chapter. “The children can identify with the characters and it is a fun filled, positive message. Once the first puppet makes its appearance, there is nothing like being on the other side and hearing them laugh. It is the best!”

At the conclusion of each performance, Wanda recapped with the young audience what they learned about responding to earthquakes and fires, and the importance of sharing the information with friends and family.

For more information about the show, or to schedule a Fire and Earthquake Prevention Puppet Show presentation for your school, please contact Wanda Vollmer at or call (831) 626-5255.


View more photos from the puppet show