Office Information

WVU Extension Service
Wayne County Office
27572 East Lynn Road
Wayne, WV 25570-0127

Phone: 304-272-6839
Fax: 304-272-6861

Energy Express

Energy Express

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.

Register Your Child for Energy Express

Please call our office to receive the child enrollment form for one of our five Energy Express sites and more information. Ph. (304) 272-6839.

Sites include: Buffalo Elementary, C-K Elementary, Crum @ Tolsia High School, East Lynn, and Fort Gay PreK-8

Problem

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 school—putting them further and further behind more privileged peers.

Impact

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:

Found Items

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, illustrations—appropriate titles
• Packing material (foam peanuts or shredded paper) – collage, sculpture
• Paper plates
• 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
• Flour – papier-mâché
• Shower curtains or old sheets – drop cloths
• Plastic buckets with lids – for storing items
• Plastic grocery bags
• Shredded paper (used for stuffing)
• Wood scraps
• 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.