‘It’s a game changer’: Instead of having drinks and snacks, children’s books are now available in vending machines at some DISD campuses.
Wilmer, TX — Elementary student of two Dallas Independent School District Campuses are getting greater access to a variety of children’s books.
Book vending machines are being installed at Eddie Bernice Johnson STEM Academy and Burleson Elementary.
“Literacy is extremely important in my classroom and around campus,” said second grade reading teacher Jennys Gillard.
Eddie Bernice Johnson STEM Academy teachers said literacy is the focus in the school.
“They are excited to learn to read. They want to go home and study at home. They are asking to read every day,” Gillard explained.
Reading is one of the reasons why boys and girls are getting excited about book vending machines coming to campus this week. The books inside represent different titles, subjects and languages.
“It’s a game changer,” said assistant principal Jessica Walker.
The Dallas ISD Early Childhood Department partnered with Atmos Energy and the Dallas Education Foundation to bring book vending machines to school campuses.
Each school has its own campus library where young scholars can borrow books. However, students at Eddie Bernice Johnson STEM Academy and Burleson Elementary now get to earn tokens as an incentive for the opportunity to choose a particular title in the form of a book vending machine.
“They get to keep them. They take them home,” Walker explained.
The book vending machine has flashy lights and talks to students as they are browsing the book selection.
“I think it’s great to see a book vending machine where you usually see soda, and snacks, and cookies, but actually see books in there,” Gillard said.