Energy Express is a five-week summer program promoting the school success of children living in rural and low-income communities across West Virginia by providing summer learning experiences focused on reading; serving two nutritious family-style meals each day; engaging college students in service through AmeriCorps and; developing strong partnerships involving parents, schools, communities, and state agencies and organizations.
2017 Wayne County Energy Express sites
We are currently accepting Site Supervisor, Community Coordinator and Mentor applications for four possible sites throughout Wayne County. Applications may be found by visiting: How to Apply
Potential sites include: Buffalo Elementary, C-K Elementary, Crum @ Tolsia High School, East Lynn, and Fort Gay PreK-8
- During the summer many children lose academic skills.
- Without school breakfast and lunch, many children lose nutritional well-being.
- Many children have few structured learning opportunities.
- Summer learning and nutritional losses are greater for children living in rural and low-income communities.
Children living in rural and low-income communities often fall behind during the summer months, starting each school year behind where they were the previous spring. Successive summers of limited learning opportunities may cause children to fall below grade level by the end of elementary schoolputting them further and further behind more privileged peers.
Children at Crum Elementary, East Lynn Elementary and Fort Gay PreK-8 during the summer of 2016, joined other children from across the state in increasing their reading scores and receiving two nutritious meals each day this summer thanks to the Energy Express AmeriCorps program.
In total, 81 communities successfully implemented the Energy Express Program in 2016 with the following results:
- More than 3,000 children participated at 78 community sites across the state. In total, 2,405 attended at least 50% of the program days.
- Children increased in word identification, reading comprehension, reading fluency and in broad reading, with an average age equivalent gain of 1.9 months.
- Children’s personal libraries expanded by approximately 20,000 take home books.
- Approximately 106,000 nutritious meals were served to participating children with an additional 17,350 served to other community youth.. A total of 76% of the children participating in Energy Express qualified for free and reduced lunch.
- 2639 family and community members served as volunteers with an average of 649 volunteer hours at each site.
- Partnerships with parents and numerous local, state and private agencies and programs were developed.
- 498 AmeriCorps members engaged in service across the state. As the result of their experiences, the majority of AmeriCorps members increased the belief that they could make a difference in the lives of children.
Below is a complete list of found items the program welcomes each summer.
Foam egg cartons for paint containers/palette
Paper bags (all sizes) for masks, personal storage, sculpture
Paper towel or toilet paper tubes for sculpture, cardboard box construction
Large appliance boxes private reading spots, buildings, cars, castles
Wallpaper sample books for decorating book covers, collage
Magazines with lots of pictures collage, illustrationsappropriate titles
Packing material (foam peanuts or shredded paper) collage, sculpture
Cupcake paper liners
Empty cereal, cracker, shoe boxes book covers
Newspapers preparing spaces for making art,stuffing paper bag sculpture
Containers (cardboard containers, plastic cottage cheese or yogurt containers, margarine bins) for all kinds of storage, drums, musical rattles
Wrapping paper, freezer paper, or butcher paperdrawing,painting, collage
End rolls of newsprint (from newspaper offices) murals, writing big stories
Cotton balls used to blend chalk drawings, collage
Feathers used to paint, collage, sculpture
Sand sand painting, casting plaster of Paris
String, thread, yarn, spools mobiles, collage, spools for puppets or sculpture
Textured fabrics and other materials (wool, leather, silk, netting, flannel, plastic, bark, velvet, sandpaper, screening) collage, costume making, puppets
Clothesline and clothespins to create display/drying area
Socks and pantyhose puppets
Foam meat trays (disinfect with water and bleach!) palettes for painting
Plastic rings from soft drink packs bubble making, collage
Shower curtains or old sheets drop cloths
Plastic buckets with lids for storing items
Plastic grocery bags
Shredded paper (used for stuffing)
Buttons and beads jewelry making for costumes, collage, sculpture, puppets
Used file folders bookmaking, portfolios
For more information on Energy Express, please contact the Extension Office.