Wayne 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.
If you’re a parent looking to sign your child up for Energy Express, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.
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
Wayne County Energy Express News
Recruiting Mentors & Community Coordinators
This spring, Wayne County will be looking to secure Mentors and Community Coordinators for its five Energy Express sites during the summer of 2019. Energy Express is a nationally-recognized literacy and nutrition program. Community Coordinators and mentors either recruit, train or supervise volunteers to assist Energy Express children during reading, writing, art, drama and non-competitive recreational activities. The selection process begins March 1. Apply online.
Call the Wayne County office at
304-272-6839 if you have any questions.
Energy Express Enters its Last Week
The Wayne County Energy Express program enters its last week with children. Site teams started June 8. Children started July 2 and met daily at the five sites (Crum, East Lynn, Fort Gay, Ceredo-Kenoa, and Buffalo). Children engaged in reading and hands-on activities (art, drama, writing, etc.) to help reinforce reading skills. Here are a few celebrity readers who visited the sites to read with children, as well as samples of the great artwork completed this summer. To learn more about Energy Express, please contact our office at 304-272-6839.
Energy Express - First Day with Children
Today, July 2, was the first day with children at our five Energy Express sites in
Wayne County. The start day was later than the majority of sites across the state
due to the winter weather and work stoppage which pushed the last day of school
in Wayne County to late June. Energy Express has sites at Buffalo Elementary, Ceredo-Kenova
(C-K) Elementary, Crum Pre K-8, East Lynn Elementary, and Fort Gay Pre K-8. The
photo features members of the C-K Energy Express site team! Contact
Julie Tritz, 4-H Extension Agent and County Contact, to learn more.
Donate Found Items to Energy Express
Below is a complete list of found items Energy Express welcomes each summer.
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.