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Posted on 10th Feb 2021
The students at Peterson Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas have found a new way to get through the pandemic more easily—books. The school in the Northwest Independent School District recently purchased an Inchy the Bookworm Book Vending Machine and filled it with new books that had been donated. The teachers at Peterson Elementary set reading goals for each individual student and every Friday a student is chosen in each classroom to receive a gold coin to purchase a book of their choosing.
Books offer Consistency
Inchy the Book Vending Machine has paved a way for teachers to get students excited about reading. It has been difficult for teachers across the country to inspire students to read and continue their work throughout the pandemic. The erratic schedules that change with infection rates, home lives of parents and students have become out of the ordinary due to the constant changes in everyday life, so the gift of reading for children has allowed students all over the ability to return to learning safely and independently.
School Staff Excited For Inchy
Once the Principal of Peterson Elementary school came across Inchy the Bookworm Book Vending Machine, she became thrilled at what it could do for her Students. “It was seeing a vending machine with books and thinking of how amazing that would be for our kids,” said Principal Danielle Grimes.
Even the school librarian at Peterson was surprised to see how effective the vending machine was at inspiring students to read and get a positive sense of book-ownership. Librarian Kelly Milton had said that some of the same books that the students were choosing out of Inchy the Bookworm were going untouched in the library, and that they are the first to be chosen when they are loaded into the machine. Librarian Milton went on to say, “We make such a big deal about students when they’re down here with their gold coins and we’re standing and cheering them on.”
BooK Ownership is Key
According to students, the shift in readership and excitement has more to do with ownership than it does access. According to one young, excited reader on why they might prefer Inchy over the Library, “Oh, but this is different. You get to keep these books!”
How Can We Help?
If your school district needs a change of pace and a boost in the reading program, Inchy the Bookworm Book Vending Machine can help. Access to books is one of the biggest markers in a child’s potential for competent literacy and we want to help make sure that children in every elementary school have the access to quality books to start their own library and reading journeys in life. To learn more about how you can get an Inchy the Bookworm Book Vending machine into your school, give us a call or leave your information here and you will hear from us soon.
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