WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - An elementary school in the Waterloo Community Schools District received a book vending machine for students.
Waterloo Schools say it's the first book vending machine of its kind in the state of Iowa. Students are able to bring gold coins they receive after hitting reading goals to select their own book and keep it.
Lou Henry Elementary had a big reveal on Wednesday with all it's students cheering for the new vending machine. Lou Henry received the machine from Global Vending Group out of New York. The total cost was around $4,000 but it was covered by Lou Henry's Parent Teacher Organization.
"It's so important for kids success in school and it's a family thing right?" Lou Henry Technology Integrationist Ann Thomas said. "I mean kids who come get a chapter book there'll bring it home and hopefully their parents will read it to them. It's time with the kids, but it's also where the kids are being read to or they're reading themselves."
Thomas says there are other schools throughout the state looking to get their own book vending machine. The vending machine itself was made for just chapter books, but through customization bigger children books are now able to be placed.