Energy Express welcomes guest speakers

WEIRTON – Energy Express is a summer reading program for children in first through the sixth grades.

The program has been in session since June 24 and will run through Aug. 2 at Weir Middle School.

During this program, children get at least 30 minutes of shared reading time a day. Energy Express often has special guest readers come in and read to the students.

In honor of Independence Day, the first special guest was Pvt. Nichole McKenzie who recently graduated from military basic training and is now attending AIT training in Augusta, Ga.

On July 9, author and Toronto resident Tony Foglio, read his book “The Troll of Newburgh” to the students. In addition to being an author, Foglio has done humanitarian work in more than 50 countries.

Also, West Liberty University professors Earl and Betty Nicodemus read fairy tales to the students.

If interested in volunteering or more information about the Energy Express program, contact Carole Scheerbaum at the WVU extension office in New Cumberland, 304-564-3805.

Major funding for Energy Express comes from the WVU Extension Service, Volunteer West Virginia, 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 state departments the program also relies on the Weirton United Way, Hancock County 4-H, and Hancock County Board of Education.