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Wayne County Energy Express

Energy ExpressEnergy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities.

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.

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

Download the Energy Express Child Enrollment Application

Get the 2018 Energy Express Results

2019 Energy Express Program

Wayne County is scheduled to host the following sites: 

  • Buffalo Elementary
  • C-K Elementary
  • Crum at Tolsia High School
  • East Lynn Elementary 
  • Fort Gay PreK-8
More information will be forthcoming about Energy Express for the summer of 2019.

Wayne County Energy Express News

Recruiting Children for Energy Express Program

The four Energy Express sites in Wayne County are recruiting children for the program. The sites include: Buffalo Elementary, C-K Elementary, East Lynn Elementary, and Fort Gay PreK-8.

A young girl reads in Energy Express. Reading Art Nutrition And 5 weeks of Summer Fun for Your Child!

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Found Items Sought for Energy Express sites

Found Items for Energy Express - Recyled into Art - Featuring images of fabric, yarn, cardboard rolls, paper and more.

Wayne County will host four Energy Express sites this summer and are in need of craft items to help with the program. The following Energy Express sites will accept "found items" during normal school hours. The sites include:

Buffalo Elementary

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Energy Express Recruitment Efforts

In the past week, Extension staff have conducted recruitment efforts for Energy Express at Tolsia High School, Wayne High School, Spring Valley High School and at Marshall University (featured below). Apply online if interested in serving as a Mentor or Community Coordinator at one of four Energy Express sites in Wayne County or call our office at 304-272-6839 for more information.

Marshall University Student Memorial Center

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Donate Found Items to Energy Express

Below is a complete list of found items Energy Express welcomes each summer.

  • Buttons and beads – jewelry making for costumes, collage, sculpture, puppets
  • Clothesline and clothespins – to create display/drying area
  • Containers (cardboard containers, plastic cottage cheese or yogurt containers, margarine bins) – for all kinds of storage, drums, musical rattles
  • Cotton balls – used to blend chalk drawings, collage
  • Cupcake paper liners
  • Empty cereal, cracker, shoe boxes – book covers
  • End rolls of newsprint (from newspaper offices) –murals, writing big stories
  • Feathers – used to paint, collage, sculpture
  • Flour – papier-macha
  • Foam egg cartons – for paint containers/palette
  • Foam meat trays (disinfect with water and bleach!) – palettes for painting
  • Large appliance boxes – private reading spots, buildings, cars, castles
  • Magazines with lots of pictures – collage, illustrations—appropriate titles
  • Newspapers – preparing spaces for making art, stuffing paper bag sculpture
  •  Packing material (foam peanuts or shredded paper) – collage, sculpture
  • Paper bags (all sizes) for masks, personal storage, sculpture
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towel or toilet paper tubes for sculpture, cardboard box construction
  • Plastic buckets with lids – for storing items
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Plastic rings from soft drink packs – bubble making, collage
  • Sand – sand painting, casting plaster of Paris
  • Shower curtains or old sheets – drop cloths
  • Shredded paper (used for stuffing)
  • Socks and pantyhose – puppets
  • String, thread, yarn, spools – mobiles, collage, spools for puppets or sculpture
  • Textured fabrics and other materials (wool, leather, silk, netting, flannel, plastic, bark, velvet, sandpaper, screening) – collage, costume making, puppets
  • Used file folders – bookmaking, portfolios
  • Wallpaper sample books – for decorating book covers, collage
  • Wood scraps
  • Wrapping paper, freezer paper, or butcher paper drawing, painting, collage

2017 Energy Express Impact in Wayne County

During the summer of 2017, children participated in the program from Buffalo Elementary, C-K Elementary, Crum Elementary, East Lynn Elementary, and Fort Gay PreK-8. They joined other children from across the state in increasing their reading scores and receiving two nutritious meals each day this summer thanks to the Energy Express AmeriCorps program.

In total, 81 communities successfully implemented the Energy Express Program in 2017 with the following results:

  • More than 3,000 children participated at 78 community sites across the state. In total, 2,405 attended at least 50% of the program days.
  • Children increased in word identification, reading comprehension, reading fluency and in broad reading, with an average age equivalent gain of 1.9 months.
  • Children’s personal libraries expanded by approximately 20,000 take home books.
  • Approximately 106,000 nutritious meals were served to participating children with an additional 17,350 served to other community youth. A total of 76% of the children participating in Energy Express qualified for free and reduced lunch.
  • 2639 family and community members served as volunteers with an average of 649 volunteer hours at each site.
  • Partnerships with parents and numerous local, state and private agencies and programs were developed.
  • 498 AmeriCorps members engaged in service across the state. As the result of their experiences, the majority of AmeriCorps members increased the belief that they could make a difference in the lives of children.

To learn more about Energy Express in Wayne County, please call the Extension Office at 304-272-6839.