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Cookie Monster, Elmo bring smiles and make memories at La Porte Elementary

Representatives from Assistance League® of the Bay Area and Sesame Workshop visited the campus in the afternoon as part of the Hugs for Houston activity to bring joy and hope to students in the area who may have been impacted by the hurricane. Students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade were delighted to have the chance to hug, high-five or shake hands with the characters during their visit to the school.

Assistance League of the Bay Area partners with La Porte ISD and several other area districts in providing free, new school clothes to children through Operation School Bell® as well as prom attire for high school students through Operation Cinderella.  When Assistance League was contacted by Sesame Workshop about this opportunity for children in areas that were significantly impacted by the storm, President-Elect Sarah Foulds reached out to the partner school districts to help make it happen.

During the visit to the Houston area, Sesame Workshop also offered a training session to area counselors, teachers and staff who work with young students and provided videos and print materials, in both English and Spanish, to help students deal with a variety of traumatic situations.

At La Porte Elementary, Elmo and Cookie Monster waited behind the stage curtain in the cafeteria and surprised the children from different grade levels as they entered the room in groups. Their entrance was met with squeals of joy, with each child having the chance to meet and hug the characters.

Members of Assistance League of the Bay Area accompanied the Sesame Workshop staff on the school visits to help with whatever might be needed.

“We are so grateful to Assistance League and Sesame Workshop for providing this wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Carol Williams, principal of La Porte Elementary. “Our children were thrilled to see Elmo and Cookie Monster waiting for them in the cafeteria, and their visit turned an ordinary Friday afternoon into a truly memorable moment. The looks on their faces were priceless as they had the chance to hug the characters they love so much.”