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.”
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.