Program seeking volunteers

NEW CUMBERLAND – Energy Express, West Virginia University Extension Service’s summer reading and nutrition program, is in need of volunteers.

Volunteers are needed from Hancock County to help read to children, serve meals and donate supplies. Children benefit from having familiar community faces at the program sites.

The program serves more than 70 children at two locations in Hancock County. The program offers healthy breakfasts and lunches and learning activities.

The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children from low-income areas are most at risk for falling into the “summer slide.”

The summer slide occurs when children fall behind academically because they do not build or maintain their reading skills throughout the summer months.

Through the program, local children spend their days in a print-rich environment where they read, write and create artwork. Each week every child receives a book to take home and keep.

The program is supported by the Extension and AmeriCorps.

Funding comes through Extension Service, Volunteer West Virginia – The State’s Commission for National and Community Service, Summer Food Service Program through the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.