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Energy Express Keeps Kids Minds And Mouths Full

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Kids from around Lewis County gathered at Peterson Central Elementary School outside of Weston for the first week of Energy Express.

The program runs at sites across the state and helps kids continue learning throughout the summer, while also doing something fun.

"It's about helping the kids grow in their reading and their writing. It's recreation time, it's something to give them a safe place to be and something to do for the summer, and it helps with the summer slump that the teachers in the school system see over the summer," said teacher and site coordinator Arlene Fraley.

And that's not the only portion of the program that helps fight off that slump. Energy Express also helps students get the energy they need to hang on to what they learn each day.

"It gives the kids a safe environment to come and learn. It also provides them with nutritious meals which they might not otherwise get," said Jared Ballard, who works at Peterson Central.

That's a widespread issue in Lewis County. During the year, many families rely on the two meals their children get at school to keep them fed, but without Energy Express, that added burden can make a big difference to those families and their children.

"Do I think that our children are starving? No. But I think the fact that there's a program that helps take some of the stress off the family is a very good situation for them," said Fraley.

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