WSIU, Cedarhurst to Host Free Sesame Street Family Event on Sat, April 9

Mar 30, 2016

For Immediate Release 

Credit Sesame Workshop

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Press Contacts: Beth Spezia, WSIU Educational Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,; Jennifer Sarver, Education Director, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, (618) 242-1236, 

WSIU, Cedarhurst to Host Free Sesame Street Everyday Heroes Family Event on Saturday, April 9, 1-4pm at Cedarhurst in Mt. Vernon

Carbondale, Ill. -- WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University, and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, with support from sponsors Hudgins Orthodontics and the SIU Credit Union, invite area families to a free event featuring Sesame Street’s Everyday Heroes Club.

The event will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 9 from 1-4pm at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Guests are asked to park at Times Square Mall in Mt. Vernon, behind Hobby Lobby, and ride the free bus to Cedarhurst.

Sesame Street’s Everyday Heroes Club promotes acts of kindness, such as helping a friend or family member, being kind to the environment or to animals, and volunteering to help others.

Kids and families will enjoy photo opportunities with Sesame Street walk around characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby, earn an Everyday Heroes membership card and special badges, and participate in healthy lifestyle, music, art, and dance activities. Children will also be able to make magic wands, color an outdoor mural, watch the feature length Cookie Monster special The Cookie Thief, create an alphabet collage, play with hula hoops, and win prizes at a Rubber Ducky pond.

All families will receive a free book after completing an event survey and will receive WSIU giveaways. Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to take photos.

For more information, contact Beth Spezia at (618) 453-5595,, or Jennifer Sarver at Cedarhurst at (618) 242-1236,

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About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been helping kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder since 1969. Today Sesame Workshop is a global educational force for change, with a mission to reach the world’s most vulnerable children. We’re in more than 150 countries, serving kids through a wide range of media and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, all grounded in rigorous research and individually tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. Sesame is a beloved household name in dozens of languages, and it means learning – and fun – in all of them. For more information, please visit