El Verano Elementary Introduces Book Vending Machines
Speaking of literacy...picking out a book will be as easy as dropping a token into a slot at El Verano Elementary School, which will soon be the first California school to offer an actual book vending machine, set to arrive on campus this month. Currently popular on the east coast, token-operated book vending machines, which are recycled candy and cigarette machines, will start to pop up on west coast campuses more and more.
Gold tokens that read “I Love Reading” will be provided by the machine's maker, Global Vending Group. Teachers will reward students for good behavior or actions with the tokens, and raffle tickets will be given to all students for a weekly drawing.
In addition to a $1,000 donation from the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, El Verano parents raised funds to secure the machine, which costs about $3,500. Fundraising will be ongoing in order to keep the machine stocked with books, which will be carefully selected by El Verano faculty.
El Verano eagerly welcomes donations to purchase books for the machine. Anyone interested in donating funds for books may contact Principal Maite Iturri at