Many businesses, organizations and individuals are to be commended and thanked for their dedication of time and donation of supplies to Coalton Energy Express.
First and foremost, the mentors, community coordinator and site supervisor wish to thank the children who attended the program throughout the course of the summer, as well as the parents who brought their children and supported the program. The children were enabled to participate in entertaining, yet educational activities focused on reading, writing, art, drama and recreation. They received two free meals a day as well as took home a free book at the end of each week. The books were centered around weekly themes: myself, family, friends, home place, community, and making my world a better place.
Volunteers are also a vital part of the program. They assist with various tasks such as fundamental activities previously mentioned, one-on-one reading with children, meal preparation and other small jobs as needed. Their help is always greatly appreciated at the site. Energy Express had a total of 22 individuals (10 adult volunteers, five youth volunteers and seven guest readers) who graciously gave up parts of their summer to help or read at the site. They include: Catherin Bosworth, Pam George, Amy Gerlach, Nancy Gerlach, Sallie Hamrick, Kay Johnson, Jessica Slaughbaugh, Amy Rowan-Smith, Meadow Arbogast, Kristian Cooper, Patience Dadisman, Monica Rossi, Meshae Rowan and Savannah Carr. Guest readers include: a representative from Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's office, Sean Hill; County Commissioners Joyce Johns, Chris See and Mike Taylor; Mike Ross, a former senator and delegate; Coalton Mayor Jim Rossi; and Brock Burwell, the West Virginia University Mountaineer Mascot.
There are several business and organizations that donated to Energy Express's community service project, a school supplies drive initiated by the AmeriCorps members serving at the site for elementary-aged youth in the Coalton community and parts of Randolph County. Those businesses and organizations are: West Virginia University School of Nursing, World Vision, Walmart of Elkins, Office Products of Elkins, Walgreens of Elkins, Roaring Creek Lions Club, Davis & Elkins College, Rose Wolford of Coalton Elementary, and Sharon Bedford of the Children's Advocacy Center.
Other individuals and agencies to be thanked include: Dawnie Chewning, school cook; Glory Arbogast, school custodian; Mike Shaw, school custodian; Randolph County Schools; Coalton Elementary School faculty and staff; Randolph County Family Resource Network; Randolph County Extension Agent Amanda Haller; Debbie Ware, Randolph County Family Nutrition Program and Nutrition Outreach Instructor; WDNE Radio; The Inter-Mountain; Nella's Nursing Home; Colonial Place; Elkins Regional Convalescent Center; Trenna Harlin; Rose Harvey; Julie Corley; Energy Express's County Collaboratives Judy McCauley, Rebecca Vance, Carol Suder-Howes, Shannon Johnson, Barb Douglas, Mary Tacy, Steve Benlan and Rose Wolford; and everyone who attended and helped with the open house on July 20. It was a success.
Again, Energy Express thanks everyone who has supported and/or made contributions, small or large to the program. They apologize if there is anyone that was not mentioned. They sincerely appreciate everyone's generosity.
Energy Express is funded by the West Virginia University Extension Service; 4-H, Youth Development; Volunteer West Virginia, the state's Commission for National and Community Service; Summer Food Service Program through the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition; West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts; and AmeriCorps.
Lanessa M. Murphy