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Lifelong educator brings passion, purpose to WVU Energy Express summer reading program

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Mark Swiger, a passionate advocate for education, has joined WVU Extension Service as director of Energy Express.

With nearly 40 years of experience working in education on the local, state and national levels, Swiger brings leadership and purpose to the award-winning summer reading and nutrition program. In this role, he will be responsible for collaborating with state and community partners to ensure program goals align with state literacy curriculum; working closely with WVU Extension Service agents and staff to execute programming throughout the state; and identifying resources to expand opportunities for literacy activities for West Virginia’s children.

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2021 West Virginia Small Farm Conference goes virtual to help local farmers continue to grow food and communities

Conference goers at 2020 Small Farm Conference participate in a seed swap.

Even through a global pandemic, our local farms and food systems have proven to be vital across West Virginia. However, there were still plenty of struggles among our small farm community over the last year.

Students can find purpose as volunteers through summer reading program

AmeriCorps members reading to youths at Energy Express pop-up event

Each summer, hundreds of volunteers provide life-changing experiences for West Virginia youths. Through the West Virginia University Extension Service Energy Express summer reading program, AmeriCorps members, Energy Express mentors and others help to enhance reading and comprehension skills for students throughout the state.

WVU Extension Service offers free, online nutrition classes to help with New Year’s resolutions

Sharon Teel, a nutrition outreach instructor with the WVU Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, teaches an online Eating Smart, Being Active class.

Struggling to keep up with those New Year’s resolutions? The West Virginia University Extension Service Family Nutrition Program offers free online Eating Smart, Being Active classes to help West Virginians prepare healthy meals for their families, save money at the grocery store and incorporate more physical activity into their daily routines.

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