WVU Extension Service, West Virginia Public Broadcasting partner to introduce educational programs in homes

University of West Virginia Extension service and West Virginia Public Broadcasting have partnered to broadcast youth programming for families in West Virginia.

WVU Extension Services Energy express, a six-week summer reading program hosted by Joel Brown, will air across West Virginia starting June 29. , nature, nutrition and more.

“We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with West Virginia Public Broadcasting. This will allow us to complement the virtual and home programming we already have for children enrolled in Energy Express, while expanding our reach to other children and families across the state, “said Andrea Price, Director, WVU Extension Service Energy Express. “Viewers will learn about animals and insects; how to grow your own food; how to make quick and delicious recipes; build machines; follow with famous readers; and much more. Our faculty, staff and partners have worked hard to develop this engaging and creative programming for families across the state. “

WVPB Executive Director Chuck Roberts added: Energy express WVPB’s programming is a continuation of public broadcasting efforts to bring home learning to children across the Mountain State.

“We are seeing the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on our education system,” said Roberts. “We have found that many children do not have access to the Internet, computers or tablets. A county can provide equipment. Another county may not have the resources. Education is our priority and being able to integrate quality locally produced educational programs in children’s homes is a pleasure and helps us fulfill our mission.

“Besides, the show is great!” Roberts added. “Energy express is packed with engaging programs, fun experiences, and must-have tips for kids on healthy food choices. ”

WVPB is available on many cable systems across the Mountain State as well as over the air. Watch Energy express online segments visit energyexpress.wvu.edu.

During a typical summer, the WVU Extension Service’s Energy Express reading program involves children with caring AmeriCorps members and other volunteers who work with them in person to improve reading and comprehension through books, magazines, art, STEM, games and other activities. Earlier this year, the Energy Express program adapted this traditional “in person” format to a virtual format at home to address public health concerns. Through partnership with WVPB, Energy Express’s live programming will provide better access to literacy and other learning activities for children and families across the state.

For more information on Energy Express, visit energyexpress.wvu.edu or contact Tara Curtis, WVU Extension Service, at 304-293-7996 or tara.curtis@mail.wvu.edu. For more information on broadcasting the program, contact Lalena Price at West Virginia Public Broadcasting at 304-556-4900 or lprice@wvpublic.org.

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