Skip to main content

Boone County Energy Express

About Us

Energy Express is a free award-winning, six-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children in first through sixth grades living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. This program aims to prevent the “summer slide,” in which children regress in their reading skills because they aren’t learning during the summer.

During Energy Express, children statewide increase or maintain their reading levels through creative, colorful and captivating uses of books, art, drama and vocabulary. Volunteers, mentors and staff create a print-rich environment where students have access to books and printed materials, opportunities to read and write, and the chance to explore the meaning of text through engaging activities. Daily read-alouds and take-home books are a staple at Energy Express. This unique approach makes reading interesting and fun for students, motivating them to continue learning.

Our program also provides children with two nutritious meals each day during the program, helping to ensure our youths are fed each day even after the school year comes to an end. 

If you’re a parent looking to register your child for Energy Express,  contact your local WVU Extension office. Energy Express is offered in various counties at select locations.

Download the Energy Express Child Enrollment Application

AmeriCorps Community Coordinators & Mentors

AmeriCorp VolunteerIn your role as an AmeriCorps member within the Energy Express program, you'll dedicate your summer to supporting the youth of West Virginia and fostering community engagement. You'll engage Energy Express participants in various educational and creative pursuits, including reading, writing, art, drama, and enjoyable, non-competitive recreational activities. Applications open in November, with a March 1 priority deadline and a May 15 application deadline.

Energy Express will take place from June 5- July 26, 2024.

AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive a $1,459.26 educational award, $3,726.00 living allowance and 300 service hours.  


WVU Extension Site Supervisors

Energy Express relies on the dedication of experienced school professionals to facilitate the work of teams at all Energy Express sites. Education professionals interested in serving as Energy Express site supervisors are encouraged to apply for these paid positions. Site supervisor applications are available online, or by calling 304-293-3855.

Site Supervisor Application