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ERIC Number: ED444788
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Place-Based Partnerships on Behalf of Children, Families and Communities: Energy Express.
Butera, Gretchen; Richason, Dan; Phillips, Ruthellen
Energy Express is an 8-week summer nutrition and literacy program in low-income West Virginia communities. Multi-age groups of eight children in grades 1-6 work with college student mentors for 3 1/2 hours each day, eating breakfast and lunch served family-style and creating print-rich environments that support their emerging literacy. The program emphasizes building partnerships between local and state agencies and communities. To sponsor an Energy Express site, a community collaborative of parents, groups, and organizations develops a proposal; generates a required local funding match; and assists in local planning, implementation, and evaluation. While West Virginia University Extension provides leadership, a number of state agencies and organizations and AmeriCorps work together to fund and operate the program. Energy Express emphasizes the value of place, acknowledging research findings that curriculum based on place can be a vehicle to connect children's learning to their emerging identities as members of a community. Weekly themes progress from myself, family, friends, homeplace, and community, to the ideal world. During the final week, children complete a community service project. The literature used in the program and the program structures (small learning groups, print-rich philosophy, family-style meals, volunteerism, and community service) all tap into the children's sense of place. The program has been operating for 5 years, and nearly three-quarters of participating children have made substantial gains in reading. (Contains 27 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia