Energy Express ready for tonight’s open house

WEIRTON – The Energy Express, a West Virginia University Extension summer reading and nutrition program, began June 23 with 48 children participating at Weir Middle School.

The program will host an open house at 6 p.m. today at the middle school. Families of those participating and the community are invited to attend.

Each group of children, ranging in age from 5 to 12, will perform a skit, as well as the staff members. In addition to the skits, those attending are invited to tour the facilities, followed by light refreshments.

Energy Express is an eight-week summer reading and nutrition program for rural and low-income communities. The Hancock County Extension Office maintains sites at Weir Middle School and Oak Glen Middle School, where 85 children are receiving services.

The program focuses on reading, writing, art and drama. At the end of six weeks, students will not only have avoided the dreaded “summer slide,” but will have increased their ability to read and their enjoyment in doing so. In order to foster this interest and ability, each week every child is given a book of his or her own to take home and keep – the start of their personal library.

Bonnie Haynes, owner of Charms Salon in New Cumberland, will offer $5 back-to-school haircuts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and donate the proceeds to Energy Express.

“We appreciate this generosity of time and talent, and we are grateful to have Charms as part of our Energy Express program,” said Carole Scheerbaum, extension agent. “We hope that many members of our community will take this opportunity to ‘spiff up their do’ (today) at Charms.”

For information on the program, contact the extension office at (304) 564-3805.