Summer reading program for children

WEIRTON – Energy Express, a six-week summer reading program for kids entering first through sixth grades in the fall, will meet at Weir Middle School and Oak Glen Middle School weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning June 24 and continuing through Aug. 2.

The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during summer months when children are most at risk for falling behind with reading, according to officials.

Offered under the auspices of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program, the youth will read and be read to, do art, writing and drama projects and participate in outdoor activities.

Volunteers are needed to read to the children, assist with art projects and outdoor activities, make sure art materials and books are available in the classroom and set up and clean up at mealtime.

Donations of everyday items also are encouraged, including foam egg cartons, paper bags, large appliance boxes, wallpaper sample books, magazines, cupcake liners, empty cereal or cracker boxes, newspapers, wrapping paper, freezer paper , cotton balls, feathers, sand, string, texture fabrics, clothesline and clothespins, socks and pantyhose, flour, shower curtains or old sheets, plastic buckets with lids, pastric grocery bags, shredded paper, wood scraps, buttons and beads, paper towel tubes for structure and used file folders.

For information, contact WVU Hancock County Extension Service at (304) 564-3805, on Facebook or by sending an e-mail to