Hello, bookworms! Are you looking for a unique way to fund your Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine purchase? Have you considered a fundraiser? It worked for Elevating Readers Together in Chaffee County, Colorado.

Student browses the Silent Art Auction, a fundraiser to purchase Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine.

Artists Unite! How Local Creativity Ignited the Spark With A Fundraiser

Local artists recently donated their stunning artworks to silent auction hosted at Soulcraft Brewing. The funds raised at the auction are earmarked to bring three book vending machines to Salida Middle School, Salida High School, and Longfellow Elementary School. But these aren’t your ordinary vending machines. You won’t find candy bars or chips inside. Instead, you’ll find books. Picture books. Chapter books. Books to make you laugh. Books that will teach you something. Presenting…drumroll please…Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine.

Earn A Token. Take Home A Book.

As part of the school’s positive rewards system, the book vending machine uses gold tokens. Students earn tokens for good behavior, reading achievements, and birthdays. Tokens can be used to vend a book, which students can take home.

The Numbers: $3,000 and Counting!

The story wouldn’t be complete without a grand total, would it? Well, the fundraiser worked its magic and conjured up around $3,000. Deb Bass O’Brien, the organizer, was beyond thrilled, saying, “I’m always just so grateful that the artists are willing to donate their work and that people come out to support us.”

Why Fundraisers Work

When schools and communities come together, they’re sending a strong message to students. When we support young people’s education through fundraising, the entire community benefits.

So, if you’ve ever wondered how to turn your school into a book lover’s paradise, this is your answer!

A Happy Ending for All

The story of Elevating Readers Together’s silent auction fundraiser is a testament to the magic of community, art, and the written word. Soon, Salida’s young readers will have books at their fingertips and countless adventures to embark upon.

It’s a heartwarming tale of turning tokens into stories, and you might just be the next chapter in this charming adventure. Because in a world where books and art collide, dreams have a way of coming true!

We’re thrilled to play our part in a bigger mission, promoting literacy for all students. This program is just one way we’re helping kids get ready for the future. If you think Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine would be the perfect way to cultivate a culture of reading for your school, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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