How cool ... the first book vending machine in one of our Buffalo Public schools. Kids earn tokens and get a free book! Hey, authors, anyone want to help keep it filled? #kidsneedbooks pic.twitter.com/pk4NYrH5lp— Dee Romito (@writeforapples) November 27, 2018
In a bid to get children more engaged in reading, a New York school has installed a vending machine that dispenses books, instead of snacks.
After one year of fundraising, staffers at the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 in Buffalo, New York, unveiled the machine in the corner of their library and stocked it with $1,000 worth of books.
Students from kindergarten through 4th grade can earn free tokens for the machine with a classroom rewards system that will incentivize kids to make regular trips to the library and check out books.
The book titles range from fiction to cultural subjects. According to WGRZ, there is a copy of “Pippi Longstocking” right next to “Hidden Figures”.
“One of the biggest issues we have in this district is literacy. If our children can read, they can survive,” Buffalo School Board member Sharon Belton-Cottman told WBFO.
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