WILLIAMSON – Children throughout Mingo County have completed week one of Energy Express, a six week summer reading program that provides students the opportunity to participate in crafts, activities, enhances reading skills and provides a family meal.
Staci Gilliam, with Energy Express at Williamson PK8, discussed week one of Energy Express. This week at Energy Express, the theme was “Myself” week. Many activities were planned around this theme. One activity students participated in was creating “Me Bodies.”
“Energy Express, a summer reading program supported by the WVU Extension Office and by Coalfield Cap here in Mingo County, has begun! Children at the Williamson PK8 site participate in a variety of activities including drama and Art,” Gilliam explained.
Gilliam discussed the importance of the nutrition aspect of Energy Express. “AmeriCorps mentors work with their students to develop a love of reading as well as how to have a family style meal – something many of us take for granted. Having only been open for four days, the Energy Express site at Williamson has already served over 500 nutritious meals to children and volunteers 18 and under,” Gilliam stated.
At Williamson PK8, Energy Express also serves as an Open Food site. “The Energy Express site at Williamson PK8 is an Open Food Site which means that anyone 18 and under can come and eat. Breakfast is served at 10am with lunch at 1pm,” Gilliam said.
(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.)