Book vending machine a hit with students at Rhode Island school

PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Francis J. Varieur Elementary School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is dispensing motivation for its students by offering them an incentive to keep reading.

Two years ago, a teacher brought an idea to the principal’s attention. Instead of a regular vending machine, how about one that dispenses reading material?

When kids recently came in for class, the 700-pound machine appeared, making the day of many students

Here’s how it works. Shelves are full of favorites. Each teacher is given gold coins, which they give out to students who have a wonderful workweek. The incentive is motivation for many students to stay focused.

The vending machine was paid for in part by the Pawtucket School Department.

Teachers pooled their Scholastic Points together to purchase the books.

The roughly 130 brand new books are for kids of all ages.

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