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Energy Express was held in two locations in Hancock County this year.

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Energy Express

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

Based on the success of Energy Express participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs in 2009.

Energy Express strives to improve a child’s reading skills through several techniques including one-on-one and group reading. Efforts are made to boost a child’s confidence and self esteem. Creativity and imagination are encouraged. The children create projects and posters. Castles are made out of cardboard boxes. Hats and costumes are made of paper, glue, paint and whatever can be found.


Parents and volunteers are welcome to volunteer to come and read one-on-one with the children. Several special guest readers are invited to read to the children. The Chester site was visited by Froggy, Officer Hoder and the mayor of New Cumberland.

Each group of children, accompanied by their mentor, enjoys a family-style breakfast and lunch each day. Mentors are college student AmeriCorps volunteers who are trained to nurture and increase the children’s reading ability and creativity.

What is Energy Express?

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

Approximately 3,000 children in throughout the state will maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express this summer.


The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels – a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”

The program will take place in 80 sites across the state from June 23 to August 1.

AmeriCorps Energy Express mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.

In addition to the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.


Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.

Based on the success of Energy Express participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs in 2009.

For other AmeriCorps and national service opportunities, visit www.americorps.gov. To learn other ways in which WVU Extension Service works in local communities, visit www.ext.wvu.edu.

For more information about becoming a mentor or community coordinator with Energy Express, visit www.energyexpress.wvu.edu, or call 304-564-3805.