For 20 years now, Energy Express has served the needs of children from our state's rural and low income areas. It's a program that focuses on nutrition and summer reading.
The WVU Extension Agency and Americorps run the program. It'll be at 72 sites in 40 counties, which means more than 32,000 children will maintain or gain reading skills through the program.
Stacie Moore, one of the site supervisors for the program, said, "It gives them a safe place to come every day. It keeps stability in their lives. They get two meals every day, and they get to participate with educational activities. It's rewarding."
It's not only great for kids. College students have the opportunity to become mentors or community coordinators for the program. They even earn a scholarship for their service.
Emily Walsh, an Energy Express mentor, said, "What I get out of being an Americorps member is working with children, making summer both a fun and educational experience for them."
Teenagers or adults can also volunteer at the site, which helps bring the community together.
If you'd like to get involved in your local area's Energy Express program or see if you can enroll your child, call the main Energy Express office at 304-293-3866.