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Children, mentors and volunteers work hard throughout these summer months with the program.
Children, mentors and volunteers work hard throughout these summer months with the program.
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RAMAGE — Energy Express, an award-winning summer program serving twenty-six children in Boone County at Ramage Grade School sets a positive atmosphere for children in our community.

The program takes place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

“Our children, mentors and volunteers work hard throughout these summer months, but they also have fun and take pride in what they do,” said Allison Epling, Community Coordinator for the Ramage site. “The program is free and is preparing our children for the future, giving them a safe and educated place to be for the summer as well as giving them nutritious meals.”

Energy Express is about learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children 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 through the summer months.

College students and community residents serving as AmeriCorps members are supporting the program, which continues through Friday, August 1st.

The benefits of Energy Express extend beyond the six weeks of summer. Each week every child receives a book to take home and keep.

Major funding for Energy Express comes from the WVU Extension Service, Volunteer WV- The State’s Commission for National and Community Service, the Summer Food Service Program through the West Virginia Department of Education, and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

Entering its 21st year, Energy Express is one of WVU Extension Service’s premier programs, uniting children and community members to make summer a time for food, fun and learning in areas and for people in need.

For more information or to volunteer, call Site Supervisor Mike Davis at 304-369-0763.

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