By Marianne Ward
Special to GUIDON
Forget the candy and soda.
Students lined up at the vending machine to “buy” books at Partridge Elementary School.
Immediately following the ribbon cutting Nov. 18, the book-dispensing vending machine started distributing literature.
The new vending machine allows students to select a book to keep, but there’s a catch — students must earn a token to “purchase” one of the books.
To earn a token, a student must be recognized by a teacher or staff member for going above and beyond in achieving an academic, behavioral or social-emotional goal.
“Everyone will have a chance to earn a token,” Library Media Specialist Jeanie Wade said. “The books will change out, and we will try to get books that everyone wants to read.”
The first students to receive the tokens were recognized for helping another student, showing integrity and going above and beyond in reading.
“This vending machine will help us encourage the love of reading, while also allowing us to recognize students for doing the right thing,” Partridge Principal Melissa Vernon said. “In the words of Stephen Covey, ‘this is a win-win.’”
(Editor’s note: Ward is with the Waynesville R-VI School District’s Office of Communications and Marketing.)