Summer program continues to serve

Energy Express continues to show its value with a program that continues to grow and assist many of our local youth.

The six-week educational program has been in operation for several years now and attracts an increasing number of students each summer with its activities promoting a continued learning experience during the gap between school years.

More than 80 students are enrolled this year, ranging from first through sixth grade, with volunteers and coordinators spending each day assisting the students with reading activities, as well as crafts and recreation.

Two sites currently are operating in Hancock County; one at Weir Middle and one at Oak Glen Middle.

Working with C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., Energy Express also provides a nutrition program, ensuring participants are able to get a healthy meal every day they are there.

All too often, we hear about the “summer slide” and the loss of learning when students are out of school. Energy Express helps to cut back on that loss, while also providing an opportunity for some students who might need a little extra help.

Open houses for parents and the public are being scheduled, with the Weir Middle site opening its doors Monday and the Oak Glen site being available Tuesday.

For anyone who has never seen the benefits of Energy Express, or would like to learn more, this is the perfect opportunity to check it out.

We thank everyone involved in making sure Energy Express continues to be a success and will be available for many years to come.