Energy Express is charmed

NEW CUMBERLAND – WVU Extension’s summer reading and nutrition program, Energy Express, is in its sixth summer in Hancock County.

In an amazing show of generosity and just in time for those “back-to-school” haircuts, Bonnie Haynes, owner of Charms Salon in New Cumberland, is offering $5 haircuts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and she is donating all the proceeds to Energy Express.

Every year Energy Express supporters work to provide 30 percent of the funding needed for the program. As a new member of the Energy Express family, Charms has dedicated an entire day of work and proceeds to the program.

“We appreciate this generosity of time and talent, and we are grateful to have Charms as part of our Energy Express program. We hope that many members of our community will take this opportunity to ‘spiff up their do’ on the 21st at Charms,” said Carole Scheerbaum, WVU Extension Agent.

Energy Express is an award-winning, eight-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities. Locally, Hancock County maintains sites at Weir Middle School and Oak Glen Middle School; between them, we are providing services to 85 students this summer.

The program makes learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.

At the end of six weeks, students will not only have avoided the dreaded “summer slide” but they 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 their own to take home and keep – the start of their personal library.

For more information about Energy Express, call the WVU Extension Office at 304-564-3805.