New book vending machine helps foster love for reading at Northwestern Elementary


MARDELA SPRINGS, Md.- Northwestern Elementary School is now home to a new book vending machine, providing students with a unique learning experience.

It was made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s 2022 Education Grants Program.

Each book costs one coin, which students earn through a school initiative that promotes positive choices and learning outcomes.

School Counselor Scott Elliott says it’s only been in operations for a short time and has already made quite the impression on students.

He adds it’s also helping foster their love for reading. “Some of our younger kids are grabbing those chapter, high level books. Some of our older students get picture books to read to a younger sibling or friend,” Elliott said.

“When they see a vending machine, kids think snacks or sodas. Bringing something that’s unique and different that’s reading based just creates more excitement and buzz about books and getting their hands on them.”

School leaders are also looking for more ways to incorporate the vending machine into everyday activities.

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