Another summer has begun, and with it comes another Energy Express program.
The annual program, with sessions at Weir and Oak Glen middle schools and Jefferson Primary School in Follansbee, started this week. We wish all the students a great summer of learning.
The Energy Express program has grown, starting at just one site in Hancock County. Now, the sites usually fill up quickly, and there is still a demand.
The point of the program is to find ways to continue the learning process for select students during the summer months. The hope is to help those students better retain specific learning skills, in particular reading, so they will be better prepared once the new school year begins in the fall.
Each day, participating students take part in various reading-based educational activities and receive two meals to help guarantee good nutrition during the summer months.
Special guests are brought in, reading to the students or helping out with activities.
Last year, more than 80 students took part in the program in Hancock County, and about 40 in Hancock County.
Organizers of Energy Express are always looking for assistance or donations to support the program.
Some financial support comes from the WVU Extension Service, the state Department of Education and various other agencies, as well as local communities.
Area residents also show their support by donating supplies for the activities. We wish those involved in this year's program continued success as they help these students learn.