We have a new vending machine at VES!
No soda or candy bars here - it vends books!! Students can earn a token/free book by reading and earning points. The kids are excited, and so are we! We want our students to become lifelong readers, not just for the educational benefits. Did you know that reading not only improves your comprehension and vocabulary skills; it also enhances brain connectivity, reduces stress, lowers the blood pressure and heart rate, helps you sleep better, fights depression, and empowers you to empathize with others? Reading is POWERFUL!
I am so proud of our students - our new reading incentive is working! In fact, it is working so well that we need help keeping the machine full of great books for kids. The first book was dropped from the machine on February 17th, and since that time, students have earned over 100 books! You may be curious, how do they earn a free book? Students read a book, take online comprehension tests and earn points. Each grade level has an established point goal, and when students reach it they get a token for the machine. They can choose a book, and it is theirs to keep.
In addition to our reading incentive program, beginning next fall, we would like to be able to give every student a token for a birthday book. We currently recognize student birthdays (and un-birthdays for those with birthdays during vacations) on morning announcements. Students receive a "birthday bracelet," but wouldn't it be great if they could also get a BIRTHDAY BOOK?!