For much of this summer, many area students - from first through sixth grade - have been able to make use of a program to help them continue their education while making sure they retain what they already have learned.
Energy Express has been going on in our area for the last few years, and with the way it has grown, obviously has proven beneficial for many of our local students.
It is aimed at those kids who are felt to be most at risk of sliding backwards in their education during the summer break, and provides activities associated with reading, teamwork and other life skills.
The students hear from special guests, who take the time to read stories with them, including local government and business officials.
The more than 100 students taking part also are provided with two healthy meals each day.
Two sites currently are active in Hancock County, with a third in Brooke County. There are a total of 79 sites throughout West Virginia, and we're sure that list will only grow in the years ahead.
While this year's program soon will be coming to a close, we do hope it is something our residents keep in mind for next year.
More students are being identified all the time for possible participation, and additional sites are being requested for our area.
All of this requires funding and other forms of support from our communities, including volunteers.
If you think there is a way you might be able to help this worthwhile program, we encourage you to do so.