[caption id="attachment_9320" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/07\/Energy-Express.web_.-037.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2015\/07\/Energy-Express.web_.-037-300x225.jpg" alt="THE ENERGY EXPRESS team, l to r: Amanda Gibson, Trisha Circosta, Danielle Stuart, Site Coordinator Ellen Fortney, Katlyn Goins, Shonda Carr and Community Coordinator Anita Workman." width="300" height="225" class="size-medium wp-image-9320" \/><\/a> THE ENERGY EXPRESS team, l to r: Amanda Gibson, Trisha Circosta, Danielle Stuart, Site Coordinator Ellen Fortney, Katlyn Goins, Shonda Carr and Community Coordinator Anita Workman.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nEnergy Express kicked off its 21st year with training at the civic center in Charleston June 15, where more than 500 AmeriCorps members participated in getting ready for another wonderful summer of exciting fun with children and communities throughout West Virginia. Each pledging to \u201cget things done\u201d this summer.\r\nParticipates at the Marlinton Energy Express site include Site Coordinator Ellen Fortney returning for her fourth year, and first year Community Coordinator Anita Workman. Mentors are Shonda Carr, returning for her third year; Danielle Stuart and Trisha Circosta, each returning for their second year; Amanda Gibson, who has been an energy express volunteer for the past three years; and Katlyn Goins, who is new to the area and will take on the position of Special Ed teacher at Marlinton Elementary School for the 2015\/2016 school year. \r\nEnergy Express is an award winning six-week program under the leadership of the WVU Extension Service that provides nutritious meals and reading-focused educational programming to children, grades kindergarten through fifth. The program demonstrates that most children enrolled in Energy Express maintain reading competency, with more than 60 percent improving their scores. \r\nCollege students and community members were recruited to serve as Ameri- Corps members for the program. During training the members attended classes on creating a print-rich environment, providing noncompetitive recreation, guiding children\u2019s behavior and developing community service projects.\r\nAs the program gets underway, our local site at the Marlinton Elementary School is looking forward to working with community volunteers who donate their time to read one-on-one with a child, help serve meals, and\/or donate supplies. \r\nItems needed: egg cartons, paper grocery bags, paper tubes, plastic containers, empty cereal boxes, magazines, buttons and beads, yarn, fabrics, socks, foam meat trays, old sheets, etc.\r\nVolunteers are always needed and appreciated. Support from local residents is a vital component to the success of this program. \r\nIf you would like to volunteer or want to know more about the program, contact our community coordinator, Anita Workman, at the Marlinton site at 304-799-6551 ext. 2238 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.