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Dear Editor:

The Ramage site of AmeriCorps Energy Express has been a success this summer! Energy Express is a summer reading program funded through AmeriCorps that serves to enhance and enrich reading skills and nutrition of school-aged children between kindergarten and sixth grade.

By using art, non-competitive games, drama writing, group reading, graphic organizers, and one-on-one reading, Energy Express mentors work with a group of eight children to maintain and improve reading skills.

The children who attend also are given two nutritious meals a day that are shared in a family-style fashion by the mentor and everyone in that group.

Part of our success this year is thanks to those in the community who have donated to our site! We received many donations of food for snack bags that we pack each week to ensure that children have sufficient, nutritious food over the weekends. Some of those who donated are: Kroger, Mrs. Sharon Schlagel, Mrs. Linda Bias, Towne and Country Foodland. Alpha Coal Mines also donated book bags for the children. Thank you all so much!

The Ramage site of AmeriCorps Energy Express would also like to thank the Scott High Football team, Dr. Lisa Beck, policemen Chad Barker and Graley, and teachers Rachel Hill and Nancy Woody for coming and reading to our children, along with Senator Dr. Ron Stollings and judge Cynthia Jarrell-Compston for donating to our blood drive this summer.

Aside from these well-known folks, many people have come to volunteer and help with our site including parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and people in the community who recognize the importance of reading and nutrition programs. Thank you so much!

Josh Nelson

Danville, W.Va.

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