DINGESS – The Energy Express Dingess site reports a successful second week of their six week summer reading program.
Energy Express is available at several schools this summer in Mingo County. The program has a strong focus on developing reading skills and incorporates arts and crafts. Energy Express also combines a nutritional component to the program which provides meals to participants.
Jordan Browning, Site Coordinator for Dingess Energy Express stated, “Energy Express, Dingess site, is pleased to announce we’re having a great time and there were three celebrity readers this week; Candace Fletcher, counselor for TVHS and Dingess Elementary, Patty Riffe, secretary for Dingess Elementary and Ann Haga, retired teacher from Dingess Elementary. All these volunteered their time to read to the many program participants. We have a long line up of readers planned for future weeks.”
According to the Coalfield CAP website, “Energy Express is a summer program that focuses on literacy activities for program participants. Enrollees are involved in a variety of activities that include reading, arts, crafts, etc. Participants also receive take home books for their own personal use. Mentors work with a small group of children to make reading meaningful in their lives by creating an enriching environment. Community coordinators connect parents and community members to the site. They recruit, train and supervise community and teen volunteers who help with various site activities. Energy Express AmeriCorps members serving either as a mentor or community coordinator will receive a living allowance, an AmeriCorps educational award to be used for tuition and loans, and 300 community service hours. Research has shown that the intervention provided through Energy Express has significantly increased reading levels in students participating. Energy Express is offered throughout Mingo County and is made available through a partnership between Coalfield CAP, Inc., WVU Extension, and Mingo County BOE, as well as a host of partners in each community.”
For more information on Energy Express visit www.coalfieldcap.org/energy-express.html.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)