Extending More Than Just A Helping Hand in West Virginia
The summer months affect children in low-income West Virginia families more than most would imagine. Many Children lose valuable reading skills during this time. Families affected by these statistics are less likely to access reading material in their homes or transportation to public libraries. Some children aren’t getting the nutrition they need. Many families depend on school meals to augment their food budget. West Virginia University’s Services Energy Express program is trying to change this.
As part of the AmeriCorps program, college students help provide transportation, three square meals, and a supportive environment to children in a summer program, enhancing and continuing the educational environment. The program originated in West Virginia by Dr. Ruthellen Phillips in 1994. It has served more than 168,258 meals and supplied more than 21,300 books to children of low-income families (statistics provided by WV State Bar magazine).
For more information about Energy Express, you can contact Dr. Ruthellen Phillips with WVU Extension Services at (304) 293-3855.