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WVU Extension Service offers educational programs to help ease the ‘summer slide’

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WVU Extension Service programming via Energy Express and 4-H's Camp URL (You are Linked) not only enhance comprehension skills in reading and STEM, but also provide unique and creative activities that incorporate art, leadership and other important life skills.

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Students who may suffer from “Summer Slide” could benefit from WVU Extension Service’s free, creative and educational programming via Energy Express and 4-H’s Camp URL (You Are Linked) to combat the drop in reading and math comprehension students experience while on summer break. 

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“WVU Extension Service offers terrific programming to not only address some of the issues outlined in the research from the NEA, but also provides students with alternative educational opportunities that incorporate unique experiences and engaging activities, while bridging that learning gap many students may experience during the summer months.” – Cindy Fitch, associate dean, WVU Extension Service. 

“We have 400 AmeriCorps members and other volunteers who will be working with communities throughout the state to ensure that we are providing meaningful educational activities – both online and at-home – so that children have an opportunity to hone their reading and comprehension skills. Additionally, the program pairs them with a caring mentor who will offer support and guidance using free books and a host of creative, fun activities to boost learning.” – Andrea Price, director, WVU Extension Service Energy Express

“Our 4-H camping program is one of the hallmarks of our outreach initiatives. We’re really proud of the ingenuity and creativity our team put into place to provide activities through STEM, outdoor education creative arts, citizenship, and healthy living that will provide our young people with unique educational opportunities, networking events, leadership, friendship and other valuable life skills that will serve them well in the future.” – Jason Burnside, camping specialist, WVU Extension Service

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Target Audience:

  • Parents
  • Families
  • Teachers



CONTACT: Tara Curtis
WVU Extension Service

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