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Young minds and bodies thrive on nouris

Energy Express: Food for minds, bodies • by Grace 'l'1¡uman Summer can be an enriching, fun time for kids-unless they spend most of their days hungry. Nearly half (46 percent) of West Virginia's schoolchildren receive free or reduced-price

breakfasts and lunches during the school year. When school's not in session, their families struggle to provide more meals for more mouths from the same over-stretched budget. All too often, there just isn't enough. Energy Express, a summer program developed by the West Virginia University Extension Service, helps to feed children. However, the program does more than nourish their bodies-it also nurtures and develops their minds. The program operates from school buildings that once sat idle through the summer. Each weekday for six weeks, participat-

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ing students dine on well-balanced, nourishing breakfasts and lunches. In between those meals, they feast on steady doses of support and encouragement to read, write, and express themselves through words and art. Ruthellen Phillips, WVU extension youth development specialist and program originator, notes that researchers have identified a strong correlation between nutrition and learning. "Studies have shown that children lose nutritional status over the summer, and they also lose academic skills," she said. "This is particularly a problem for continued on page 3

Greetings from the Morgantown Campus! On October 20, I accepted an interim appointment from WVU President David C. Hardesty as associate provost. Needless to say, it has been an interesting assignment thus far! We held a successful annual conference at Jackson's Mill in early November. Denny Godfrey and others on the Conference Planning Committee had lined up some very motivational speakers. It is the one time each year when everybody can get together and compare notes. This year, for the first time, all classified staff were invited to attend the Annual Conference-and many were there. During his visit with all of us at the conference, President Hardesty reiterated his strong support for the outreach and public service mandate ofWVU.

~mission of the


W~~ Virginia University

Extension Service is to form learning partnerships with the people of West Virginia to enable

them to improve their lives and

communities. To these partnerships, we bring useful research- and experience-based knowledge that facilitates critical thinking and skill development.


At his initiative, we began the process of examining the role of the WVU Extension Service (WVU- ES) and refocusing our efforts. An Extension Redesign Task Force has been formed under the leadership of Dr. Jack Byrd from WVU's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development. We hope the task force will complete its work around March 1. At that time, a search committee will be appointed to develop a new position description and conduct a national search for a new permanent leader for the WVU-ES. Meanwhile, President Hardesty is reflecting on the report of his Administrative Task Force. Final adjustments in WVU's administrative structure will affect how outreach and public service are represented in the president's cabinet. Change is constantly with us. I become more and more aware of the change process in humans as I participate in the aging process. I guess that similar stresses and "rusty hinges" occur in organizations as they age and mature. Restructuring of the Extension Service will bring some institutional pain and frustration, along with some concern and fear among employees. President Hardesty and I both believe that WVU's outreach and public service provider will emerge from this process as a stronger university resource, with a clearer vision of the university's capabilities and our clients' needs as we enter the 21st century.

You probably will know at least one of the members of the Extension Redesign Task Force. Please feel free to contact any of them with your comments. We offer our thanks and appreciation in advance to the 25 task force members. The following WVU-ES faculty are on the task force: Barton Baker, Gloria Barrett, Bill Coffindaffer, Steve Cook, Beth Drake, Kathy Kuykendall, Ric MacDowell, Arthena Sewell Roper, Charles Sperow, Linda Waybright, David Weimer, Jean Woloshuk, and Del Yoder. WVU also is represented by Brad Keller and Narvel Weese. Others serving on the task force are Donald Baker Jr., Marge Burke, Fred Butler. Caroline Carpenter, Dwight Dials, Jim Kinsey, Bob McWhorter, Margaret Miltenberger, and Trudy Seita. Until next time, my regards. As always, I welcome your perspectives and suggestions. Best wishes for a pleasant and productive 1996!

Robert H. Maxwell Interim Associate Provostjor Extension and Public Service Director, Cooperative Extension Service

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low-income children because when they're behind academically and their health isn't as good, the effect is cumulative." Dr. Phillips and former extension specialist Belle Zars designed Energy Express as a demonstration program in 1994. Working with extension agents Ann Barker and Linda Bull, they piloted the program at two rural sites: Crum, an isolated community in Wayne County, and Roanoke in the north-central county of Lewis. About 75 children were served that first year. However, the program caught the attention of many more people, including one of its strongest boosters, Gov. Gaston Caperton. The governor spent a hot July day in Crum listening to the children read. He talked to them and their parents. He met with local school officials and the college students who were serving as mentors. He came away a believer. "The great thing about this program is that we are not just feeding these kids. We are giving them the guts of what they need to be successful in life-reading, writing and getting along with each other," he told reporters. Back in Charleston, Caperton helped program leaders secure additional funding to expand Energy Express. And, he opened the doors to other state agencies and sources of support. The state Department of Education's Office of Child Nutrition, Title I, and Serve and Learn programs provided funding for the 1995 program. The Bureau of







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Employment Programs committed money to pay for some staff. The West Virginia Education Fund and the West Virginia Library Commission provided support. Grants came in from the Benedum Foundation, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, and WVU. Local boards of education lent significant support to see Energy Express come to their counties. They provided the school facilities, and some also covered staffing costs for site coordinators, janitors, and bus drivers. Other support came from local colleges and groups, such as Community Action and Family Resource Networks. County extension agents worked with local educators to establish the Energy Express sites. To qualify, the school had to have 50 percent or more of its students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Collaboration and grant funding enabled the 1995 program to expand to 16 sites in 11 counties. In all, 788 children participated at sites in Calhoun, Hampshire, Hardy, Lewis, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Nicholas, Morgan, Pendleton, and Wayne counties. Local site teams had some flexibility in developing their program to take advantage of local resources. However, three core premises were emphasized.

"" Top: Dining is strictly "family-style" to promote



the social aspect of meal


Middle: Mentor Tara Williams enthralls her group of first-graders as she reads aloud.

Bottom: "I care" is the message that WVU student Kristen Matak imparts daily to the children she mentors in Lewis County's Energy Express.

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First, dining was "family style," to emphasize the social nature of mealtime. Second, the focus was on reading activities, augmented by writing, art, and drama. The final stipulation was that each child would work in a small group guided by one mentor. "We wanted the kids to bond with their mentors and have that personal relationship," Phillips explained. These college-student mentors emerged as critical players in the success of the program, observers say. "The educational benefits and the nutrition are good, but the greatest benefit these kids got is somebody to bond with, somebody who is interested in them," said Keith Butcher, principal and Energy Express site coordinator at Birch River Elementary School in Nicholas County. Van Dempsey, assistant professor of educational foundations at WVU, said the mentoring aspect could change the way the child relates to adults. Dr. Dempsey and faculty colleague Rayne Dennison conducted intensive evaluations of the 1995 Energy Express program. "The research tells u s that when a kid is poor, he gets shoved to the side and he learns not to trust adults," Dempsey observed. "In this program, the kids had the almost undivided attention of an adult for almost four hours a day. The mentors 4

talked with them, read with them, played with them. They didn't write them off. They treated them as if what they're doing is the most important thing in the world. They taught the kids that it is possible to trust adults who are there to help." Early analysis indicates the students also boosted their reading abilities over the summer. "There is no question that not only has their interest in reading increased, but they are better readers as a result of this program," Dempsey said. Debbie Johnson, a parent volunteer at Birch River, sees a difference in her son Jason, a third-grader. "He never enjoyed reading before. Now, he'll pick up a book at night when I'm reading and he'll read, too," she said.

From Top: Program originator Ruthellen Phillips, left, offers advice and encouragement to local site teams. Rehearsals are in full swing for "The Mouse and the Motorcycle," an original drama written and presented by sixth- and seventhgraders in Birch River's Energy Express program. Gov. Gaston Caperton fields questions from some youthful "reporters" at Kermit Elementary School in Mingo County. The kids staged a mock press conference during his visit to their Energy Express site. More paint, please, says a budding artist at the Energy Express site at Elk Garden School in Mineral County.

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Jason's classmate, Melanie Butcher, said reading has become "a lot more fun" for her. "I like it when we read a story and then make something from that story," she added, pointing with pride to her group's artwork on the classroom wall. To encourage a sense of "ownership" in reading, each child also got to take a new book home to keep each week. By the end of the program, they had the beginnings of their own library. The books were selected around the themes of self, family, and friends, and making the world a better place. To reinforce those themes, each group also performed a community service project chosen by the children. Students in Kermit (Mingo County) read to residents at local nursing homes. At Wade Elementary in Mercer County, they painted trash cans for a public park. Students at Pleasant Hill in Calhoun County took to the airwaves-they wrote public service announcements on the importance of reading, then taped these messages for broadcast by the local radio station. Community service will continue to be emphasized in Energy Express, says Phillips, and extension agents will continue to take the lead locally. "The extension agents are crucial in garnering local resources, not only funding but all kinds of community support," she said. "Their leadership makes it possible." Kathy Kuykendall, WVU Extension Service agent in Hampshire County, said Energy Express has expanded the arena for 4-H youth development programs. "We had 45 kids in Energy Express, and only 1 had been involved in 4-H," she noted. "But, some of the kids who came to Energy Express went on to join community 4-H clubs in the fall. We reached new audiences who were excited to be there every day and looked forward to coming back. It was terrific." Energy Express leaders continue to work with the governor's Extension Vision: Foil 1995

office, state agencies, and private foundations to develop stable and sustainable funding. Next year's program got a major boost from the recent announcement of a $177,500 grant from AmeriCorps, President Bill Clinton's national service initiative. The grant will support 80 college mentors at 15 sites in 1996. Over the long term, Prof. Dempsey expects Energy Express may change attitudes about the future in low-income rural areas. "Poverty is part of the culture of Appalachia. This is an opportunity to see that although poverty poses real limitations, that doesn't mean it's the end of the road. "Energy Express is about changing the nature of the context in which children are educated, and where these families see themselves in their communities," he continued. "Parents are telling me, 'Something happens to my child here that doesn't happen anywhere else'."


Top: Jason Johnson, a Birch River third-grader, discovers the simple pleasure of reading a good book. Bottom: Extension agent Kimary McNeil, right, and principal Keith Butcher check daily logs at the Energy Express site they launched at Birch River Elementary School in Nicholas County.





Shu Fen Ho, lnternationai4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) delegate from Taiwan, left, demonstrates the ancient art of paper folding and cutting to Barbara McCoy, a 4-H volunteer for 27 years.

Volunteers take plunge into service â&#x20AC;˘ by Jei'I'Y Kessel Jump right in. The water's fine. Extension volunteers by the thousands take the plunge all over West Virginia. Statewide, more than 8,000 Extension Homemakers (EH) members volunteer. Add to them another 3,800 volunteers who have leadership roles with 4-H youth clubs and programs. Plus, approximately 10,000 others donate various amounts of time to numerous extension programs, events, and activities. "Some volunteers begin with extension, then extend their volunteering to other community activities," explained Shirley Eagan, extension specialist in volunteer leadership and chair of 6

extension's Volunteer Leadership State Team. "Others serve as volunteers elsewhere before becoming involved with extension." One longtime volunteerDeanna Cook of Oceana-read about Extension Homemakers in the newspaper. She decided "that sounded like it was for me." That was 24 years ago. Since then Deanna served as state president of the West Virginia Extension Homemakers Council Inc., in 1990-92 while belonging to two local EH clubs. Two? "Yes," she said. "One meets in the evening, the other in daytime." Her commitment to volunteering reaches into the community, county, and state through participation in a variety of activities. Among them are West Virginia Family Community Leadership (state co-coordinator), Oceana Extension Homemakers, Matheny Extension Homemakers, Oceana Woman's Club (former president and current program chairman), Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Committee, Loretta Clark Memorial Scholarship Board of Directors, National Association for Family Community

Education, and Labauch Literacy (trained tutor). At Toneda Missionary Baptist Church, she serves as photographer, love gift chairman for American Baptist Women, Sunday school teacher, director of Baptist Youth, member of the advisory committee for membership, and choir member. For the past eight years, she has volunteered at the Southern Living Cooking School in Beckley. "Lots of work," she noted, "but you do get to sample the recipes!" She remembers her first Extension Homemakers meeting well. The lesson was "Things to Do, Places to Go in West Virginia." Turned out to cover 18 typed pages. "''ve got to do this," she said. She did. Over the past 24 years, she's covered the lesson's "things" and "places" and initiated side trips to all 55 West Virginia counties, 7 countries, and 32 states. She did work part-time for 15 years gathering agricultural statistics, a position she credits to Extension Homemaker Mary Marple of Buckhannon, who made her aware of it. Extension Vision: Fall 1995

"Because planners made child care available (a convenience not arranged by all organizations). I was able to attend state Extension Homemakers conferences," she said. With daughter Darice Ann working as a physician's assistant in Beckley and son J.R. making the army his career, Deanna has moved into two new undertakingsschool and baskets. Some health problems gave Deanna time to reflect. While receiving respiratory therapy, she said to herself, "I could do that with the proper training." After leaving the hospital, she opted for classes to obtain a Board of Regents bachelor's degree. And, for a business-a basket shop in Warren, Ohio. "I want to get my degree, to get that little piece of paper. After high school I attended Berea College for one year. I was going to be a history teacher." However, she married J. B. Cook and they spent 14 months in Germany where he was in the military. Civilian life brought the Cooks back to Wyoming County. "Shirley Eagan has really encouraged me," Deanna said. "Extension has opened so many doors for me. I was so committed that I couldn't go to work full-time. I appreciate the educational opportunities." Summing up her volunteer philosophy, Deanna reflected, "I don't jump in toes first. I jump in up to the waistline." While Deanna chose the Extension Homemakers route, Barbara McCoy of Washington (Wood County) charted a different pathfrom 4-H'er to 4-H volunteer. A teacher's aide at Jefferson Elementary School in Parkersburg for 13 years, Barbara has started her 27th year in 4-H. She was introduced to 4-H when she was about 4 years old, because her mother was a club leader. "My 4-H leader-Virginia Gorrell-meant so much to me. She was a very nice role model; truly a civic-minded, public-spirited person. She set a good example and gave kids the opportuExâ&#x20AC;˘er ''"'1 V '''-' 1: all 199"

nity to see what they could do," Barbara recalled. Her commitment as a 4-H volunteer leader occurred shortly after she was married. "I was out driving and saw some 4-H'ers washing cars. I stopped to help. A few months later I was active again as an assistant leader," she said. Barbara's had various leadership roles with three 4-H clubs. And, she noted, her sisters and cousin are volunteer leaders with the Lubeck Lucky Clovers 4-H Club. "''m working with a new club at Jefferson," she said. "I did some Sunday school teaching, but with other teaching and 4-H, I've leveled out." Leveled out by way of serving on a committee to raise $80,000 for a school playground. Barbara is a member of the state 4-H Advisory Committee and worked six 4-H Alpha camps. She's attended 4-H Congress and was a facilitator for a class at the 1994 National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. She also represented 4-H volunteers on a national 4-H strategic planning committee formulating strategies for achievement of the 4-H vision. At county camps, she's taught crafts, been a counselor, and served in the kitchen. For a number of years, she was a member of the 4-H Volunteer Leaders' Weekend Committee. Now she is a member of the WVU Extension Service Visiting Committee. Barbara, husband Stephen Bruce, and sons Matt and Noah were a host family in August for Shu Fen Ho, International 4-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) delegate from Taiwan. The International Extension Program of the West Virginia University Extension Service

exchanges in West Virginia. The IFYE Alumni Association and CD International Program Services conduct the program nationally. With her hosts leading the way, Shu Fen visited Blennerhassett Island, Fenton Art Glass, the Butchers' farm in Washington Bottom to see the tomatoes and hogs, and the Middleton Doll Factory. Throw in a reunion or two and "Shu Fen must think we go somewhere every weekend," Barbara joked. Shu Fen was the McCoy's second IFYE guest. In 1978 Peter Hoekstra of the Netherlands stayed with Barbara's family during part of his West Virginia visit. "Occasionally I say no," Barbara said. Dr. Eagan points out, "Extension needs volunteers to keep going. Volunteers can contribute in a variety of ways. Some activities can be performed easily and quickly; others require a longer time commitment." She declared, "It's a special joy for us in extension when a volunteer responds 'I'll be glad to .... ' That person joins volunteers nationwide who reach thousands of people through extension community projects." Volunteering is a long-standing tradition in extension. Now, with celebrities working as volunteers on behalf of special causes, volunteerism is gaining new status. Extension volunteers who take the plunge have found the water's fine.

Extension Homemaker Deanna Cook, second from left, enjoys a lighthearted moment as a volunteer youth fellowship leader with K1m Stafford, Eric Lusk, and Kristen Stafford.

Teachable moments ••• real learning in unexpeded places • A family weekend away ••• ••• gives a mom and a daughter new ways to talk to each other, new ways to learn about each other, and time to just "be." ••• gives a special-needs child and his family more than a muchneeded chance to fish. Maybe next year he can go to 4-H camp without Mom?

by Flm·ita Montgomery

Teachable moments! If you're around extension educators long enough, you'll hear them talking about capitalizing on teachable moments-those magical, light-bulb-on, "Ah Ha!" moments when learners' interests

A Saturday adventure ... ••• (right) draws Extension Homemakers into the exploring the world of diversity. Mentally scaling centuries-old borders, they travel within-to discover the diversity they have-and then they "journey" beyond this continent to project what their discovery about themselves may mean about other peoples. ••• (below) draws 4-H members into demonstrating their skill in researching, composing, presenting information about a subject. True to the nature of learning, even as they demonstrate what they know, they learn.


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collide with just-the-right learning opportunities. The collisions come in all shapes and sizes. They may be concrete or abstract. They may last for a few seconds, or an hour, or a weekend , or a week. ..or longer. Regardless of their substance or duration,

these collisions are the essence of learning. They change lives. So, extension educators plan for and seize these magical collisions whenever they occur. Summer, more thffi1 any other season, brings extension educators teachable moments of many different

shapes and sizes. Ripe with its own magic and promise, summer overflows with opportunities for learners' interests to collide with just-the-right learning opportunities ...just-the-right moments for extension programs to change lives.

Summer ushers in evening explorations and weekend awakenings \ l

A ay-evening pause for safety ••• ••• brings farmers face to face with the ealities of the chemical ha rds they confront regularly. right safety gear at the right can help ensure that farmers be physically capable to face

-:tArnc•on educators who-armed

the latest experience-based research-based knowledge•~'~''""'"r,, ... ,... illustrate, and explain. inlre•ru •on· s mission-take the .:ii!liv••rcitv to the people in their aa,m1munities-began with a focus agriculture. Though people's -~l!ds have expanded, agriculture II provides extension educators with many teachable moments.

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Summer recreates learning via Campsl Campsl Camps

Reading ••• ••• inspires those who try their hand at translating words into action. Masking tape and cardboard turn into a puppet stage for active minds and creative hands during teachable moments at camp • ••• pulls those who read and those who listen into a shared world distant from a library floor. Sharing a book recreates learning into a summertime "fun thing" for campers when reading is made a special part of camp.

Simple tools ••. ••• enhance youngsters' understanding of science. Sometimes all campers need are straws, their own noses, and a little air • ••• build a sturdy birdhouse and a strong sense of accomplishment. Youngsters' achievement is tied to their belief in their ability to achieve. Camp provides a variety of "I Did It!" experiences for youngsters to discover and build confidence in themselves.

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A delicate egg •.• •••(left) becomes the "experimentee" for science campers who combine scientific principles and everyday items (of their choice!). Balloons and wellwrapped egg awayyyyy ••• eight floors down! • I ••• surv1ves.

Communicating ... ••• {left) means developing strong computer skills. Computers are inextricable from today' s communications networks. Camp provides a concentrated time to focus youths' attention on high-tech skills • ••• {above) means developing strong interpersonal skills. High tech? Yes! High touch? A must! Youths need interpersonal communication skills, too. A parachute and a ball provide challenging communications problems.

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Summer shades learning during fairs and festivals Teaching agriculture ••• ••• carries extension educators to countless fairs and festivals to judge produce and livestock. Judging is another word for teaching for extension educators, who .critique and give advice to farmers and gardeners of all ages and interests. In every county, fairs and festivals produce unique teachable moments.

Sharing the three R' s ••• •••carries West Virginia Extension Homemakers to fairs and festivals to teach others about waste management issues. The three R' sreduce, reuse, recycle-form the foundation for a variety of extension programs throughout West Virginia throughout the year. During the summer, however, a festival is a great place to demonstrate how to recycle and reuse aluminum chairs.

Promoting wellness ••• ••• carries opportunities for extension educators to recreate people's approach to their health. Sometimes the message can be as simple as: "It's OK to make exercise fun!" Festivals are natural places to introduce people to the "fun" in wellness.

"Learning responsibility" ••• ••• carries 4-H members to fairs and festivals to show their animals. "Learning responsibility" is just one item on a long list of benefits that young people derive from 4-H animal projects. Assuming care of an animalwhether it's a rabbit or a steer-means agreeing to be responsible for the animal's feeding, record keeping, grooming, and showing. 4-H' ers raise great animals. However, what's really important is that, as the 4-H'ers work through their assignments, the animal projects help "raise" great kids.


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Experimenting in a WVU lab, McDowell County students Krista Willis, left, and Brandi Collins cut red cabbage used to dye hard-boiled eggs.

l guides

students to success â&#x20AC;˘ by JmTy Kessel

Habits for success. That's HSTA-the Health Sciences and Technology Academy. HSTA is a science partnership sponsored by various West Virginia University centers and colleges with communities in ll counties. It focuses on using hands-on projects based on the newly revised math and science curriculum mandated by the state of Extension Vision: Fall 1995

West Virginia. HSTA also equips tomorrow's potential scientiststhe young learners in grades eight through twelve-with independent leaming skills. HSTA's program in McDowell County is one of two operated since 1994 with a limited amount of money, R. Rudy Filek pointed out. Dr. Filek is director of community and continuing professional education at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU. He said the decision to select McDowell and Kanawha counties for a pilot program was based on the number of African-American and white disadvantaged students in the locations. Of the ll counties, only McDowell has neither Kellogg nor the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) grant-funded programs.

"It's the only single-county site. The others are clusters," explained Bonnie Hunley. Hunley has served as interim acting coordinator for HSTA in McDowell. That's in addition to her responsibilities as a West Virginia University Extension Service agent dividing her time among McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming counties. The HSTA program includes teacher training and development workshops; student, parent, community leader, guidance counselor, and health care professional workshops; and community trained program facilitators. "Parents learn that their child's goal in health sciences is feasible and that financial aid is available," Hunley said. "Fortunately," Hunley said, "we have health facilities willing to cooperate. And, Dr. J. Kenneth 13

Roberts, school superintendent, is actively involved in the project." HSTA augments a long-term WVU commitment to recruit and matriculate African-American, financially disadvantaged, and other underrepresented students in science and health careers. It helps ensure that interested students have positive educational and community experiences, exposure to role models, and information about and direction toward financial support for higher education and health and science careers. McDowell has four teachers in the program and will get three more funded to conduct HSTA clubs in schools. Fifty students can be in HSTA clubs in 1995-96 in McDowell County. With a strong community base, the program provides hands-on experience that strengthens interest and experience in math and science. Field trips enrich and motivate. Fifteen McDowell students were bussed to Morgantown this summer for the campus portion of the program.

"In the campus-based experience, they see what college life is like, experience the classrooms, the labs, the cafeteria, and the dorms," Hunley said. During her HSTA two weeks on campus, Mountain View student Dorothy Jones had a "nice" time. "It's very pretty up here. I do get homesick. I like science. I like math, too. And, I got hands-on experience," she said. Fellow student Jammal Safford of Northfork commented, "It's a good time. I like the experiments." His future plans? 'Til probably be a science teacher." At a weekend summit earlier in the year attended by Calvin C. Brister, assistant dean of the

Science teachers Ruby Aralds, Michael Surbaugh, Kenneth R. Cline, Vivian Anderson, Robert Bishop Jr., Karen Silvers, and Samuel Cannaday prepare for lab experiments (top photo) before their students (below) arrive.

WVU Health Sciences and Technology Academy Sites

Cameron Community Health Center

Camden-an-Gauley Medical Center Inc. Cobin Creek Community Health Center Consortium Rainelle Medical Center Inc. Tug River Clinic


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WVU School of Pharmacy, students spent a Saturday at the Tug River Clinic rotating through pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, physician's assistant, and med technology demonstrations. Their parents came with them, and Extension Homemakers provided a breakfast spread. "Bonnie is a tremendous help in getting HSTA organized in McDowell County," Filek said. Mark Dillon, division leader for the WVU Extension Service Southern District, agrees. He said, "Bonnie has been instrumental in placing into operation a conceptional program that has obviously a great potential for impact." He continued, "We know in extension that these things don't work as neatly as they're planned without someone in the community to champion the cause. She's taken it upon herself to mobilize and energize the community." Dillon believes that "HSTA effectively represents a profound commitment by the university to a portion of our population to benefit themselves and their communities. It's an important opportunity in the lives of the participants and the communities they may come to live in as adults." In the first two years, seven teachers from McDowell partici-

Extension agent Bonnie Hunley goes from interim acting coordinator to resuming ex-officio status with the McDowell County HSTA Board of Directors in 1996.

pated with approximately 18 youngsters. Their HSTA clubs in 1994 and 1995 usually met biweekly. In April they exhibited their individual club projects at a science fair in Beckley. Teachers receive nine graduate credits for the program. Youngsters get all expenses paid while in Morgantown in the summer. They also receive certificates for completing summer and community club activities. They're invited back for a second year. Filek pointed out, "With a $2 million grant from Kellogg in 1995, we have a total of 11 counties with 28 teachers recruited. We had 117 youngsters in

1995, but we can handle 150 in the summer program. That's our aim in 1996, with 250 youngsters in community clubs." Dr. Filek's excited about the summer 1996 program. "Rising juniors will come for two weeks at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center where Dr. Betsy Walker and her associates will present a neuroanatomy workshop." The HSTA students will study gross anatomy, the spinal cord, the brain, and congenital defects. ''They'll also have access to the Internet and the tremendous data systems worldwide," Filek said, "plus leadership and study skills." The funding has allowed HSTA to collaborate with the Extension Service in McDowell County to employ a secretary full-time. A half-time program assistant will be hired in January.

Students Jammaal Stafford, Jamie Miller, and Jered Surbaugh prepare to boil eggs as instructor Vivian Anderson observes.

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HSTA is funded through 1999 with plans to pursue additional funding to continue beyond 2000. Hunley's duties as interim coordinator will end Dec. 31 at which time she will resume her duties as an ex-officio member of the McDowell County HSTA Board of Directors. As of Dec. 31, retired McDowell County educator Tony Larkin has agreed to become the coordinator on a half-time basis. As for Hunley, HSTA's an experience she wouldn't have missed. Has something to do with kids and their habits for success .

and activities

From a HSTA science fair in Beckley to lab projects in Morgantown, students discover what WVU biology department chairperson Keith Garbutt, at the podium, calls "the point of the experiment-to make them think like scientists."



••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Robert H. Maxwell Interim Associate Provost for Extension and Public Service Director, Cooperative Extension Service P.O. Box 6031, Knapp Hall Morgantown, WV 26505-6031


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Summer can be an enriching, fun time for kids-unless they spend most of their days hungry. Nearly half (46 percent) of West Virginia's schoo...