Brooke County Energy Express
Looking for something fun to do over the summer? Come join us at Energy Express!
Location: Follansbee Middle School or Wellsburg Primary School
Date: June 19-July 28 (Closed June 20th and July 4th)
Who: Children entering 1-6th grades. We also need volunteers in 7th grade and up!
Energy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural communities.
Approximately 3,000 children throughout the state will maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express this summer.
The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels – a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”
AmeriCorps Energy Express mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.
In addition to the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.
Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.
Based on the success of Energy Express participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs in 2009.
For information in how to enroll your child, and how you can volunteer, call Jason Rine at 304-737-3666 Ext. 204.