KEYSER - Although many summer camps and activities have already been cancelled due to uncertainty related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mineral County Energy Express is one that is moving forward with plans to continue to serve the county’s children.

By Liz Beavers


lbeavers@newstribune.info


Tribune Managing Editor


KEYSER - Although many summer camps and activities have already been cancelled due to uncertainty related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mineral County Energy Express is one that is moving forward with plans to continue to serve the county’s children.


Admittedly, the program will be a lot different this year, but will be there for Mineral County’s children nonetheless.


Sponsored by the WVU Mineral County Extension Service, Mineral County Schools and the Mineral County Family Resource Network, Energy Express is a summer program centered around reading and other activities that ultimately support helping the children become better readers.


It is scheduled this year for June 22-July 31.


According to a press release from the Mineral County FRN, the program this year will “take place primarily at home,” although participating children will still receive free take-home books, meals, activities, and materials for art activities.


The materials will be delivered weekly to the child’s home, or parents may pick them up at the local feeding sites.


“The plan for Mineral County will be for members to distribute books, materials and meals to the home one day a week,” according to information on the Mineral County Schools website.


The children will also have the opportunity to participate in activities through online experiences and various media, including free access to Scholastic’s Lit Pro program, which provides access to over 3,500 book selections for independent reading.


The activities will be created by the AmeriCorps members and site supervisors just as if the children were able to be on site.


Applications to participate in Energy Express are due no later than Friday, and may be filled out online at https://bit.ly/3dlSlGs.


Paper applications are available if parents call the Extension Office at 304-788-3621.


For further information, visit energyexpress.wvu.edu.