Special to the News-Times
SHEPHERD — This year brings an extra dose of excitement for Shepherd ISD students with the delightful addition to the campus scene — Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machines.
The units have been placed across three of the campuses — primary, intermediate, and middle school.
Unlike typical vending machines that dispense snacks or drinks, these innovative machines offer something far more enriching, brand-new books. The underlying concept is to foster a passion for reading by providing easy access to free, handpicked books in an engaging manner.
Erin Goad, the district librarian, highlights that each of these machines holds a collection of approximately 200 books, spanning a wide range of genres. This assortment ensures that students of all levels find something that captivates their imagination.
At the heart of this project lies the intention to not only encourage but also reward students with the gift of books. These books aren’t just temporary possessions, they are steppingstones toward creating personal home libraries.
Kriste Davis, a key member of the project team and the Director of Student Services and Talent Management, emphasizes a shift in perspective regarding student rewards.
“The purpose of this project is to change the frame of what a reward is,” Davis said. “Rewarding students with books has meaningful value that will last a lifetime.”
The process of accessing the books is also different from the conventional machine experience. It isn’t about inserting money but instead, a unique coin is the key to unlocking the literary treasure inside.
Students will soon have the opportunity to earn these unique coins in recognition of their commendable conduct resulting in positive office referrals and learning achievements.
Strategically placed in common areas throughout the school, these machines are easily accessible to students daily. The aim is to make books a constant companion in their learning journey, fostering a culture of reading that transcends classroom walls.