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Energy Express, an award-winning statewide summer reading program, kicked off its fifteenth summer in Boone County on June, 2012

The program served more than 32 children at Nellis Elementary, providing two meals a day and reading-based educational activities that help children maintain their reading skills and good nutrition during the summer months.

College students and community residents serving as AmeriCorps members support the program, which took place from Monday through Friday, June 23 through July 27, at Nellis Elementary.

“Many children fall behind, both nutritionally and academically, during the summer months,” said Phillip See, Boone County contact for Energy Express. “This program ensures that they receive good nutrition and stay involved in fun and educational activities. Energy Express has been shown to help children not only maintain their reading skills during the summer, but often to actually improve them.”

“We depend on support from the local community to make this program a success,” said Phillip See. “We need local volunteers to read with the children, to help serve meals, and to donate supplies for the program.”

Major funding for Energy Express comes from the West Virginia University Extension Service, the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, the Summer Food Service Program through the West Virginia Department of Education, and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. In addition to these state partners, there is also a tremendous amount of local support for the program. Local partners include Dollar Discount, Kroger, Johnsons Funeral Home and Ashford Elementary.

For more information, to volunteer, or to donate supplies or money for the program, call Phillip See at 304-369-5869.

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