Vending machine at Iowa school dispenses books instead of snacks

We’re used to snagging junk food from a vending machine. But one vending machine inside Hillis Elementary School in Des Moines feeds young minds. It is a book vending machine. The school, with help from the PTA, was able to fund and stock the vending machine.It operates with vending coupons.Coupons, that are earned by the students tracking their reading minutes at school and at home.”They were excited to turn in their reading calendars,” said Principal Renee Gelfond. “And be able to come and actually put one of their vending bucks into the machine and be able to watch the book fall out and get it.” Gelfond tells KCCI the book vending machine hasn’t been in use since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But she said students will be able to use it next school year.More news:

We’re used to snagging junk food from a vending machine. But one vending machine inside Hillis Elementary School in Des Moines feeds young minds.

It is a book vending machine. The school, with help from the PTA, was able to fund and stock the vending machine.

It operates with vending coupons.

Coupons, that are earned by the students tracking their reading minutes at school and at home.

“They were excited to turn in their reading calendars,” said Principal Renee Gelfond. “And be able to come and actually put one of their vending bucks into the machine and be able to watch the book fall out and get it.”

Gelfond tells KCCI the book vending machine hasn’t been in use since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But she said students will be able to use it next school year.

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