Literary options expanded for Kimbark Elementary School students with the installation of a book vending machine – the first of its kind in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. PTO President Amanda Manzano unveiled the machine on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the school’s lobby amid school and district officials, teachers, staff, parents and select students from each grade.
Students took turns inserting a token and making their literary selections; books are for students to keep.
Kimbark Principal Mario Jacquez came across the vending machine on-line, and was confident it would be a great fit for the school.
“I realized not everyone has books at home and making sure everyone has books has always been a mission of mine as a teacher and administrator,” Jacquez remarked.
Funding for the vending machine was supported through ASB and the site’s Parent Teacher Organization; an allowance and a portion of Book Fair proceeds will be directed to replenishing the inventory.
Students will earn tokens by completing 10 Accelerated Reader (AR) tests, or for going above and beyond school expectations for positive behavior.
“Kids are going to be excited about reading, they’re going to want to pass the AR quizzes and they’re going to want to do those things to get those tokens,” Jacquez said.
In addition, parents/guardians will also be given tokens during parent meetings as a means to further generate excitement within the household.