KEYSER - Another amazing summer of Energy Express has come to a close. There were 192 children who enjoyed the five-week program, which provided a literacy rich environment and family style meals.

For the News Tribune
KEYSER - Another amazing summer of Energy Express has come to a close. There were 192 children who enjoyed the five-week program, which provided a literacy rich environment and family style meals.
“Mineral County Energy Express is a remarkable collaborative that has continued for 25 consecutive year,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service 4-H and Family Extension agent.
“It is one of the best and longest lasting collaborations that serves Mineral County youths.”
“The AmeriCorps members, site supervisors, and VISTAs are key to making the program happen each day,” says Gerri Mason, Mineral County Family Resource Network (MCFRN) executive director.
“They are where the rubber hits the road when working with the children.”
Setting the stage for this remarkable program that helps children maintain their reading skills over the summer months and receive two meals each day is a team effort. Major partners include Mineral County Schools, the WVU Extension Service, the MCFRN, Aging and Family Services, Burlington Family Services, and the Foster Grandparent program.
“Diversified funding has been key to the sustainability, as well as Mineral County School’s commitment to the program,” says Miltenberger. Local supporters include the Community Trust Foundation, United Way, US Wind Force, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS) and many community donors.
The West Virginia University Extension Service coordinates the program with support from the National AmeriCorps* program.
For more information about the program contact the WVU Mineral County Extension Service at 304-788-3621.
Programs offered by WVU are open to all youths and families.