TOP PHOTO: No crackers, candy bars or Cokes in this vending machine though you can crack open a book, because it’s full of books.

 By Charlotte Underwood 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Valley View Elementary School has found an innovative way to encourage reading in students with its new Bobcat Book Vending Machine. 

The vending machine operates on tokens rather than money.  Students can earn tokens in various ways at school to use to purchase books. According to Valley View Principal Jason Dotson, students and teachers alike are loving the new book vending machine. He said it’s encouraging kids to read. 

“We love it!! We think this machine will help spark student excitement around reading. We don’t necessarily want our students to buy books but rather earn tokens at school and use them to buy their own new book!” Dotson said.

Valley View Elementary School’s new book vending machine is encouraging reading. The machine operates on tokens rather than money, allowing kids to earn tokens at school to purchase their own books!

He also said he wanted to say a big thanks to Valley View’s Parent Teacher Organization for making it happen. 

School board member Jeffrey Miller said he is excited about the new vending machine too. 

“This is a prime example of teamwork, collaboration and ideas to make education fun while at the same time learning!” Miller said. 

Vending at Valley View Elementary School has a whole new meaning.

Miller also said he wanted to say thanks to “Karen Hendricks for her work on the project and to Jamie Mundy Ball and the whole PTO; the work that is done helps make things like this possible,” Miller said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/22/2022-6AM)

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