Book Vending Machine Motivates Students to Read – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Schools across North Texas are working to make up for the learning loss from the pandemic, but Peterson Elementary School in the Northwest Independent School District has found one of the most unique ways to get their students to read.

There’s just something, the rumble, that you hear when your coins go in and your choices fall out. It’s just more fun when something is spat out of a machine.

So, with the help of the Northwest ISD Education Foundation, the educators at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth bought one for the school.

This vending machine isn’t loaded with junk food, but with something special, books.

“It was about seeing a machine with books and thinking about how great it would be for our kids,” said Danielle Grimes, the headmistress.

Everything starts in the classroom. Teachers set reading goals for each student and encourage them to push a little harder as each teacher picks a student on Friday to receive a gold ticket or coin.

There is this satisfying sound from the machine and the students.

“If you like fantasy fiction you can get Descendants, if you like humor fiction you can get Captain Underpants,” said one student.

“We make so much of students when they’re down here with their gold coins, and we stand and cheer them,” said Librarian Kelley Milton.

The books are all brand new and donated. So sometimes it’s just a stroke of luck what’s available.

Librarian Milton told us that some of the books that are left untouched on the library shelves are the first to go when they are loaded into the machine.

Why? Well, you can keep them, and of course these machines are cool.

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