(Pictured: Hills-Hendersonville Elementary students AJ D., Lydia K., Ezra S., Luke S., and Ezra D. selected their first book out of the new Bookworm Vending Machine.)
All children love the opportunity to get something from a vending machine. Why not take it to the extreme? Hills-Hendersonville Elementary in Canon-McMillan School District has given students an unique opportunity to expand their love of literacy by purchasing an Inchy Bookworm Vending Machine. A book vending machine for all ages. This machine will contain large picture books for the early readers, medium picture books for the intermediate readers, and chapter books for the advanced readers. The Inchy Bookworm Vending machine will be used for PBIS rewards and to bolster reading and comprehension in the entire student body as they prepare for middle and high school.
The goal is to use the Inchy Bookworm machine for monthly PBIS rewards. Students will also be able to earn special “Inchy Tokens” through a variety of ways. Then he/she will take their token and select a new book. The plan is also to use the machine for a book exchange the last month of school. Students will be encouraged to bring in a book that he/she has finished reading from home and exchange it for a different book from the vending machine.
Inchy’s Bookworm Vending machine works by using a positive reward-based system to help encourage students to read more. Hills-Hendersonville assigns positive behaviors tailored to their school’s needs that they would like to reward. Once the student demonstrates that positive behavior the student is rewarded with the special “Inchy token” which can then be used to vend their favorite book. They hope this program will help bridge the gap between literacy and engagement, making reading an award instead of an assignment.
The Canon-McMillan School District and Hills-Hendersonville Elementary want to thank the following for their donations: the Canon-McMillan Horizon Foundation, the Mong Fab. & Machine Inc. and the Hills-Hendersonville PTA.