DINGESS – The Energy Express site located at Dingess Elementary wrapped up the second week of a six week summer reading program taking place at schools throughout Mingo County.
Jordan Browning, Site Supervisor for the Dingess Energy Express site discussed the readers that participated during week two of Energy Express. “Dingess Energy Express is proud to announce that four star readers visited our site during the 2nd week of operation on the days of July 5-8, 2016,” Browning stated.
Several readers took part in Energy Express throughout week two. “The readers were; Bonnie Baisden, retired teacher for Lenore K-8, Lana Lackey, Girl Scout Leader, President of Black Diamond Service Unit, AFT President of Mingo County and cook for Dingess Elementary, Tommy Hinton, Retired Army Sargent, communications expert and member of 101st Airborne Division and Military Police, Johnny Nick Hagar, Senate Executive Committee Man for the 20th District, President of the Dingess Buddy League and is also currently implementing the Dingess Action Committee,” Browning said.
Browning expressed gratitude on behalf of the Dingess Energy Express site stating, “We deeply appreciate all their service to our community and their devotion to the students of Dingess Elementary.”
According to the Coalfield CAP website, “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.”
The website further explains Energy Express stating, “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.”
(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.)