Summer reading program continues through Aug. 2

Energy Express, a summer reading program for children in grades one through six that has been under way since June 24, is continuing through Aug. 2 at Weir Middle School in Weirton.

During the program, children get at least 30 minutes of shared reading time a day with Energy Express often having special guest readers.

In honor of Independence Day, for example, the first special guest was Pvt. Nichole McKenzie, newly graduated from military basic training and now attending AIT training in Augusta, Ga.

On July 9, author Tony Foglio of Toronto, who has done humanitarian work in more than 50 countries, read from his own book entitled “The Troll of Newburgh.”

West Liberty University professors Earl and Betty Nicodemus read fairy tales.

Anyone interested in volunteering or learning about the Energy Express program can contact Carole Scheerbaum at the WVU Extension office in New Cumberland by calling (304) 564-3805.

Major funding for Energy Express comes from the WVU Extension Service, Volunteer West Virginia, the Summer Food Service Program through the W.Va. Department of Education and the W.Va. Department of Education and the Arts. In addition to state departments, it also relies on Weirton United Way, Hancock County 4-H and Hancock County Board of Education.