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New vending machine provides brain food

The new Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine at Central Elementary.

As part of a new 2019 initiative, Central Elementary used federal Title 1 funds to purchase Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine as a way to get students excited about reading.

Literacy Specialist Jennifer Plotnitskiy and Library Media Specialist Cara Shouse saw the idea on Facebook from a school in Buffalo, New York.

“A lot of our kids don’t have access to books at home,” Plotniskiy said. “So, this is another way of getting books into their hands.”

Every student can choose three books from the vending machine throughout the year, and each teacher has a reading goal for both the fall and spring semesters. Once a student reaches the goal, they will receive a golden token to “buy” a book. Students will also be able to select a new book on their birthday.

“They love it!” said Shouse. “They are so excited and can’t wait to come down.”

The vending machine offers a wide selection of books for all ages, including chapter books, picture books, and more.

“The students are all smiles when they pick out their book,” Principal Stacey King said. “But they are even more excited when they realize they get to keep the book.”

The hope for the book vending machine is to build each student’s home library and increase the number of minutes they are reading at home.

“It goes along with our philosophy that the more we read, the better we will be,” Plotnikskiy said. “The book vending machine sets that tone in our building right when you walk in.”

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