The McPherson Board of Public Utilities will host a customer appreciation event in conjunction with the nationally celebrated Public Power Week, coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C.

BPU will host a fun-filled day of educational activities all about power from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Kansas Municipal Utilities, located at the KMU training center, 2090 E. Avenue A in McPherson.

Flying lineman are a new addition to the event and will be seen with other employees demonstrating electric safety and water resource demonstrations.

"These demonstrations allow our crews to demonstrate the skill and agility needed to ensure customer utilities and continue to be safe and reliable," said Kasi Morales, key accounts and marketing director of BPU.

Morales explained public power week is an annual national celebration of what public power provides the communities they serve.

“BPU is a public utility that puts the people of McPherson first, and public power week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens,” she said.

Another new activity to the event this year will be Ms. Frizzle from the popular TV show, the Magic School Bus.

At 4 p.m. Oct. 3, Ms. Frizzle will teach and engage the children of McPherson in learning where their water and electricity comes from as part of the McPherson Library’s STEAM Program at the McPherson Public Library.

"We knew that the McPherson Library has a weekly STEAM program. We got with the library and asked if we could partner with them and use their STEAM program as the platform to teach the students about their utilities. During a brainstorm sessions one of the consultants said, 'Wouldn’t it be cool if we could get the Magic School Bus Ms. Frizzle to teach?'" Morales said.

Children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to attend.

From 4 to 5 p.m. at the McPherson Public Library, she will read "The Magic School Bus at the Water Works" and The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip."

After the reading session, Ms. Frizzle will lead the kids through a hands-on demonstration that teaches how BPU generates their electricity.

Other activities at the event include a complimentary lunch of barbecue beef brisket sandwiches, sides and dessert.

A drawing for a $150 credit on a customer’s residential utility bill in November of 2017.

Sign up for the drawing will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the BPU lobby.

Children can sign up for a coloring contest through Sept. 29 at the front desk of the BPU building, and winners will be displayed during the customer appreciation event.

For more information, visit the Board of Public Utilities Facebook Page or their website http://www.mcphersonpower.com/

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