LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Kids at Wea Ridge Elementary School aren't getting chips and candy from the vending machine anymore; they're getting books.
An anonymous donor funded the Bookworm Vending Machine. The school got the machine at the beginning of November.
Teachers give a special gold coin to one student per week who shows good behavior. The students are able to exchange the coin for a book of their choice. The books have varying reading levels to fit in with the different abilities of students.
Fifth grade teacher, Sara Wright, said the machine makes reading feel like a reward for students.
“I think it's a possibility.” Wright said. “I think that any book that we can get to help increase their library is a benefit to them.”
Levi Wright said the machine gives himself and his classmates something to work towards each week.
The school’s goal is to get at least one book into the hands of each student by the end of the school year.