WOODSTOCK — Kids at E.T. Booth Middle School will have the chance to get a different kind of treat between classes in the hallway. This week the school opened a vending machine that sells not snacks, but books.

Principal Todd Sharrock and media specialist Amanda Graves hosted a ribbon-cutting for the new Bookworm machine Tuesday. About 40 students who have been selected as Student of the Month for their team sometime this year were the first to see the vending machine and received tokens to “buy” their own books. Students were excited to see titles like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Rated.”

(tncms-asset)e3a1001e-0be2-11ea-bbde-83ecc5e6e510(0)(/tncms-asset)

Instead of cash, the vending machine takes special gold coins, which are earned through teacher recommendations and as a reward for good behavior.

“I think anything that promotes literacy is a good thing. And it’s fun for these kids to be able to do it,” Graves said.

The E.T. Booth book machine is the third of its kind at a Georgia school, and a first for middle schools in the state. The book vending machine is at 150 schools in the U.S.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.