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Season 3, Episodes 16 through 20 - Energy Express on WVPB 

Monday, July 11, 2022, 9 a.m.  

We’re kicking off week four with Jorge Atiles, Dean of Extension and Engagement at WVU, doing a read aloud of “The One Day House” by Julia Durango. Next, our friends Arden and Maddi, WVU Extension Communications’ summer interns, take us on an adventure to learn about fun things to do at WVU. Then, we jump over to Meshea Poore to talk about respect. She teaches us that not only does everybody deserve respect, but everyone should show respect, too. To wrap up this Monday, Kanawha County Extension Agent Kerri Carte shows us how to make yummy BLT lettuce wraps. For this recipe, you will need a tomato, cucumber, green onions, a couple strips of bacon, light mayonnaise, and Bibb lettuce. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Get out your tiny wallets! It’s time to learn about financial literacy with Lauren Weatherford, family and community development agent in Fayette and Nicholas counties. She walks us through how to identify our wants versus our needs and how to make smart choices with our money. Next, Summers County Extension Agent Lesley Woodrum shows us how to make our own piggy banks at home using materials that are often just thrown away. For this activity, you will need a container with a lid, such as a peanut butter jar, a box or even an empty disinfectant wipes canister, markers, colorful paper or stickers for decoration, and an adult to help you cut a hole in the top of your bank. Then, WVU student Charmaine Riestenberg walks us through how to transform an old T-shirt into something new. For this activity, you will need a T-shirt, colored pencil or chalk, and scissors. To cap off this episode, WVU student Jordan Spears gives us a tour of the Fashion Design Studio at WVU. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 9 a.m.

Today, we’re back with Meshea Poore to talk about the common good. She teaches us that our communities are stronger when we share our talents and work together toward the same goal. Next, Ann Dugan, WVU Safety and Health Extension’s community education program coordinator, walks us through what we should do in an emergency situation. We even learn some basic first aid. Then, Joey Baxa, adjunct instructor with WVU Fire Service Extension, reminds us about the importance of fire safety. Ami Cook family and community development agent in Braxton and Clay counties, follows with a lesson on kitchen safety and how to properly use knives in the kitchen. Lastly, Kanawha County Extension Agent Kerri Carte is back with an easy fresh fruit tart recipe. For this recipe, you will need wonton wrappers, sugar-free or reduced sugar jam or fruit preserves, low-fat yogurt and fresh berries or fruit. 

Thursday, July 14, 2022, 9 a.m.  

It’s time to go wild! Today, we’re hanging out with the Wild Owens again to learn all about bats. Then, we join Larel Teter, outdoor education and recreation program coordinator at WVU Jackson’s Mill, in the forest for a fun nature walk where we learn how to identify trees commonly found here in West Virginia. Next, we pop into the kitchen with Kerri Carte, family and community development agent in Kanawha County, to make apple mice. For this recipe, you will need an apple, whipped cream cheese or nut butter, small treats like raisins, chocolate chips or nuts, and fruit-flavored licorice. We end the episode by visiting the West Virginia Botanic Garden with Dave McGill, WVU Extension’s forest resources specialist, and Erin Smaldone, the Garden’s education director. 

Friday, July 15, 2022, 9 a.m.  

Each Friday, we visit Ms. Amie's farm for "Learn, Grow, Eat and Go." This week, our WVU Extension Family Nutrition Program health educator Amie Tutor teaches kids all about zucchini. Amie then reads "Planting a Rainbow," which tells us about all the colorful flowers, vegetables, fruits and herbs that we can plant in our gardens. 

Shannon Ritchie leads kids through a nature's yoga physical activity, and Amie returns to show us how to make our own paper flowers. For this activity, you will need tissue paper, clear tape, water and food dye. Molly Poffenbarger teaches us how to make zucchini pizza

And to end the week, we get a bonus visit to Hernshaw Farms, located in Hernshaw, West Virginia, the "mushroom capital of West Virginia."