By Andi Hoover, WVU Extension Agent
What do Dr. Seuss, bananas and painting have in common? Summer fun at Energy Express!
Greenbrier County has four Energy Express sites each summer as a reading program for children. The program is offered at Alderson, Frankford, White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle. Energy Express is not only a reading and art program but offers children two nutritious meals a day and plenty of recreational fun.
If you are 18 or older and interested in working with children, apply now for the Energy Express program. Mentors work with children in a classroom setting providing reading, art, drama and recreational activities.
Each site will also hire a Community Coordinator, who recruits volunteers and keeps the community updated on the great things that happen at Energy Express.
The six-week reading and nutrition helps children entering Kindergarten to 3rd grade overcome the “summer slide” that occurs when youths fall behind academically during the summers in between school years. Child applications for the program will be distributed to the elementary schools in early May or contact the WVU Extension office 304-647-7408.