Clarksburg, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant comes from a family of teachers, so she knows the importance of helping to maintain education skills throughout the summer months.
The Energy Express program offered through the West Virginia University Extension Service is a program that meets those needs.
Secretary Tennant read to the children at Emmanuel Baptist Church in North View today, and explained to the children what her duties are as Secretary of State.
During summer months school children lose academic skills and without school breakfast and lunch, many children lose nutritional well-being as well. With parents working through the day, many children would have been unsupervised during the day.
“Energy Express is a wonderful program,” Secretary Tennant said. “These children often come from rural or low-income communities and they often fall behind during the summer. This program focuses on reading and interaction with young volunteers who have the best interests of the children at heart.”
According to the Energy Express website, there are 80 sites around the state offering the program serving an estimated 3,000 students. The program runs from June 7 to July 27. Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program.
This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.