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Energy Express returns for another year

By NANCY PEYTON

The Logan Banner

LOGAN, W.Va. – Energy Express is a literacy and nutrition program for children living in rural and low-income communities throughout the state.

Taylor Tomblin, site supervisor for the program in Omar, said students do not have to pre-register for the program at Omar; any child who shows up can participate in the program there.

“We are in a poverty-filled area, especially with the way the economy is right now,” Tomblin said. “I think programs like this really help those children. They have a place to come, something to look forward to.”

Buses will also provide transportation for local students who need transportation to one of the local grade schools where the program will be taking place.

Tomblin said the main focus is to provide hands-on activities in reading, writing, art and recreation for students who need resources so they will not fall behind in school.

“A lot of children, especially in the poverty areas, fall backwards,” Tomblin said. “This program was made so the children will not fall backwards in school and will be able to stay where they’re at, or even move upwards. Energy Express is all about fun and learning.”

Two hot meals will be provided to the kids each day. At the end of each week students will each be sent home with a backpack full of food.

Tomblin also added that anyone who wants to participate in the nutrition program being provided locally to serve meals to students throughout the summer can come to the school for meals. Breakfast will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The program will last for five weeks, beginning June 19. Students will be at the school from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Energy Express will take place at all local elementary schools, and parents can contact their school for more information about the program and process for registering their child.

According to the West Virginia University Extension Service website, “With Energy Express, more than 3,000 children statewide gain or maintain reading levels during summer months through creative, colorful and captivating uses of art, drama and vocabulary. Our program also provides nutritious meals each day during the program, helping to ensure our youths are fed each day even after the school year comes to an end.”

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