WEIRTON - JoAnn Davis, author of "Finding Pepper" visited the Weirton Energy Express site this week where she read her story about a young girl who finds a puppy and makes it her own.
She said that she loves dogs and also explained that service dogs are a special type of dog that help people with disabilities. Afterward, she talked with the children about their different pets and signed autographs.
Davis is from the Ohio Valley area and is a former star of Wheeling's Jamboree USA. She sang at the first Jamboree in the Hills in 1977 and has recorded two albums.
JoAnn Davis, author of 'Finding Pepper,' recently visited the Weirton Energy Express site, reading her book to the students. -- Contributed
"Finding Pepper" is her first published children's book.
Energy Express, an award-winning statewide summer reading program, serves more than 80 children in Hancock County, providing two meals a day and reading-based educational activities that help children maintain their reading skills and good nutrition during the summer months.
AmeriCorps members support the program at Weir Middle School on Sinclair Avenue.
Major funding for Energy Express comes from the West Virginia University Extension Service, the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service, the Summer Food Service Program through the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. Local partners include Weirton United Way and CHANGE, Inc, who provides daily meals.
For more information or to volunteer, call Sherri, Hannah or Francesca at (304) 748-6080 ext. 124. To donate supplies or money for the program, call Carole Scheerbaum at (304) 564-3805. To purchase a copy of "Finding Pepper," contact Shirley at (304) 670-0897.