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Reading program gets $23,000 from board

February 02, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Energy Express, a summer reading program, will receive $23,000 from the Morgan County Board of Education.

The six-week program is offered through West Virginia University, and Morgan County's WVU Extension Agent, Bob Knight, asked the board for funding at Monday night's meeting.

The board unanimously approved the request.

Energy Express will be held from June 21 to July 29 at Warm Springs Middle School in Berkeley Springs and at Paw Paw School in Paw Paw, W.Va. Ninety-six children attended the program last year, Knight said.

The reading program targets limited-income children in sixth grade and younger, as well as anyone with a reading problem. The program includes breakfast and lunch, Knight said.

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The statewide results of last summer's program showed that 64 percent of the children maintained or increased their reading skills and the average gain was 31/2 months in broad reading achievement, Knight said. Morgan County had 12 mentors and two coordinators who each received a $1,600 stipend and a $1,000 educational scholarship, he said.

School superintendent David Temple said that first- or second-year schoolteachers might be interested in mentoring to get a summer income, and the scholarship can be used toward graduate program courses.

Board Vice President Margaret Zembower said she has been a volunteer.

"It's a wonderful program," Zembower said. "I've been involved for a number of years."

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