Taylor County Energy Express
With Energy Express, more than 3,000 children statewide gain or maintain reading levels during summer months through creative, colorful and captivating uses of art, drama and vocabulary. 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.
A Look Back at ENERGY EXPRESS 2016
81 sites in 37 counties
2,405 children reached 50% attendance with an additional 584 served
76% eligible for free and reduced price meals
21% of children served had IEPs (Individual Educational Plans)
17% of children served were from racial/ethnic minority groups
19,976 books distributed to take home
Significant increases in letter-word identification, reading fluency, passage comprehension and broad reading.
65% of children maintained or increased reading achievement in broad reading achievement.
The average child increased 1.9 months in broad reading achievement.
105,364 meals served to children participating in the program
17,350 meals served to other community youth
52,560 volunteer hours were contributed statewide.
Average contribution of 649 volunteer hours per site
496 college students and community members were engaged in service as AmeriCorps members
2,639 family and community members served as volunteers
Average of 33 volunteers per site