Energy Express helps children in the first through sixth grades improve their reading skills and participate in art and drama.
Mentors, who are college students attending colleges in West Virginia, are trained to work with children for eight weeks out of the summer to help improve their skills and to make a difference in the children's lives.
Student Katie Watson said they didn't just read books over the summer. They discussed them, too.
"Usually, you'll just read a book and you'll just learn about all the other things, but you'll read a book and they'll talk about it and we'll do crafts and stuff with it," said Watson.
The students also completed writing exercises with their mentors and compiled all of their writings into a book for their families and neighbors.
All mentors eat breakfast and lunch with the children to develop a family atmosphere among peers and develop bonds.
If you would like to be an Energy Express mentor or volunteer, contact the organization:
West Virginia University
706 Allen Hall
PO Box 6602
Morgantown, WV 26506-6602