Energy Express

BEARDS FORK — Children in the Valley and Plateau areas of Fayette County in kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to apply for a free 6-week educational summer program at the Southern Appalachian Labor School in Beards Fork.

Energy Express, an award-winning summer program offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service in rural and low-income West Virginia communities, is a reading geared to preventing students from falling into the “summer slide.” Often during summer vacation, students forget many of the skills learned the previous school year, officials say, and Energy Express is designed to prevent that loss.

The program runs June 17 to July 26. Free breakfasts and lunches are provided, as well as transportation from the Valley and Plateau areas. All children in kindergarten through sixth grade living in those areas are eligible to apply to attend the program.

“Energy Express is a true community program that makes a difference in the lives of everyone who participates — children, staff, volunteers, and the community as a whole. The energetic individuals who serve at the site are helping to ensure youth are learning, eating well and having fun in a safe, secure environment during the summer,” program officials said in a press release.

Applications are now due and are available at the SALS Community Center in Beards Fork, the SALS Historic School at 140 School Street in Oak Hill, the SALS administrative office on WV Route 61 in Kincaid, or by calling 304-779-2772, 304-779-2280, or 304-250-7627.

An application available for printing will also be posted on our website at

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