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2023 Accomplishments

Energy Express Impact Highlights

Energy Express is an award-winning, 6-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. Highlights include:

  • 45 sites were held in 26 counties
  • 978 children served
    • 18% of children served had IEPs (Individual Educational Plans)
    • 12% of children served were from racial/ethnic minority groups
  • The program resulted in significant increases in letter-word identification, reading fluency, passage comprehension and broad reading. 
    • On the DIBELS 8 fluency test, 98% of children improved or maintained their scores.
  • 26,098 take home books were distributed to participants
  • 48,774 meals served to children participating in the program
    • 3,198 meals served to other community youths
For the fourth year, WVU Extension partnered with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to bring youth programming into the homes of West Virginia families. Season four of Energy Express on WVPB aired Monday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. during the six weeks of the Energy Express program in the summer. This show featured STEM activities, art, cooking, physical activity, educational information on various topics and celebrity readers for viewers throughout the state. 

A few facts about Energy Express.

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Average child gain 1.7 months comprehension, vocabulary and fluency skills.

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8,203 volunteer hours contributed statewide across West Virginia.

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48,774 meals served to youths in the program.

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99% of participants maintained or increased reading achievement scores.

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978 children participated.

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235 college students and community members engaged in service as AmeriCorps members.