It’s a new type of vending machine, one that isn’t dispensing candy, chips, or sodas. It’s dropping books.
Wrapped as a giant Christmas present, Parkway Elementary unveiled the machine to students and staff during the weekly Parkway Pride assembly. The machine holds 140 books, ranging from picture to chapter books. It’s only the second one in Arkansas and one of 88 in total.
The machine takes gold coins, which are earned by students as incentives for making good choices or completing their homework. Coins are dropped in the machine to select their book of choice.
The school’s principal is excited about bringing a bookstore to the students. “We want the kids to take them home, read them with friends, share them with family. It’s a free book for them to keep and enjoy,” said Ms. Lewis. The vending machine is filled with books purchased by the school’s PTO.
Amie Horn, Learning Specialist, led the campaign to bring the book vending machine to the school. Thanks to the generous donation of a local business owner, the school now has a new way to build excitement around reading and collecting books.