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Vending machine for books at local school

TUCSON- Typically in vending machines, you find chips or candy, but how about books? One local school is using a new approach to get students reading.

From diving into the adventures of “Captain Underpants” to the chronicles in a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” the Book-o-Matic is offering students an exciting way to get their hands on books.

“Students can earn tokens based on good behavior, where they will come up and get any of these books for free,” Toni Adelstone, a sixth-grade teacher at Homer Davis Elementary School. 

Adelstone said that the books the students get, they get to keep.

The book level ranges from kindergarten to sixth grade and the variety will be frequently changed.

With the Andra Heart Foundation and months of planning, Adelstone said that this is a great way to get the kids excited this school year.

“It is really cool to see their reaction when they see it and they originally think they can buy books and they are excited by that, but when they hear they can earn it for free, they can’t wait,” she said.

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Priscilla Casper

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