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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 your child up for Energy Express, contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.

2018 Approved Energy Express Locations

2018 Energy Express Program

This past summer, Wayne County hosted five Energy Express sites that include:

  • Buffalo Elementary
  • C-K Elementary
  • Crum at Tolsia High School
  • East Lynn Elementary 
  • Fort Gay PreK-8
The program concluded on August 3, 2018. More information will be forthcoming about Energy Express for the summer of 2019.

Wayne County Energy Express News

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.

Mr. Alexander reads to children at Energy ExpressMr. Conn reads to children at Energy Express

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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.

Energy Express Site Team memeber pose for photo

Energy Express Site Team memeber pose for photo

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Wayne County's Five Energy Express Sites

The Energy Express program started on June 8, 2018. Wayne County will have five sites located throughout the county. During the month of June, the site teams will be engaged in training and community service projects. Starting July 2, the sites teams will be working directly with elementary-aged children to provide reading enrichment and other activities related to reading. To learn more about this program, please contact the Wayne County office at 304-272-6839.

Buffalo Energy Express Site 2018C-K Energy Express Site 2018

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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.