PARKERSBURG - Martin Elementary's Energy Express hosted a carnival in the Martin Elementary School gymnasium on Monday night.
Organizers said the festivities featuring games and prizes were held to give away the free school supplies collected by the Energy Express chapter.
Tiffany Hall, site supervisor for Martin's Energy Express program, said the game night was a way to help the children have fun and collect supplies for the start of the school year.
Photo by Mandi Cardosi
Julie French, far right, is handed school supplies by Alex Anderson of Parkersburg South High School on Monday night at Martin Elementary School’s carnival. Her brother Colbi, middle right, looks at his supplies with his mother, Nicole.
"The service project we chose this year was to collect school supplies," she said. "Then to make a fun twist and incorporate the family we had a carnival."
A notecard was handed to children with all 10 games for them to play Monday night, she said.
Energy Express is a six-week summer literacy and nutrition program for students across West Virginia.
This summer there are 80 sites statewide, including four in Wood County. Energy Express is a program of the West Virginia Extension Services's 4-H Youth Development program.
Alex Anderson of Mineral Wells, a student at Parkersburg South High School, said she volunteers her time to help the children and enjoys seeing them having fun.
"I'm just volunteering; it's been a lot of fun," she said. "All the kids that come are all so sweet."
Hunter Goodknight of Kanawha Elementary School got his face painted while his brother, Wyatt, enjoyed the popcorn provided through donations.
The carnival was free of charge to students and parents and included volunteers from the AmeriCorps of Parkersburg, organizers said.