A Vending Machine for Books? Check it out at at Aspen Elementary!
Have you ever walked past a snack vending machine and thought, “I wish this dispensed books instead of chips”? Well, the imaginative students at Aspen Elementary School in Los Alamos, New Mexico, must have had that exact thought because they just unveiled Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine! And guess what? Inchy is sparking a reading revolution!
Tiger Tokens: The Key to Literary Snacking
The excitement reached fever pitch on Wednesday, August 30, when Aspen Elementary School held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand arrival of their unique book vending machine. This isn’t your typical vending experience; it’s all about rewarding good behavior and kindness.
At Aspen, students can earn “Tiger Tokens” for demonstrating positive behavior and spreading kindness throughout the school. It’s like collecting golden tickets, but with a dash of tiger flair! But these tokens aren’t like your spare change for a snack machine. “Tiger Tokens” can be used by students to select a book of their very own.
Imagine a world where your good deeds can lead to literary adventures—well, that world now exists at Aspen Elementary!
The Genius Idea Behind It All
So, who can the other student thank for bringing this amazing invention to Aspen Elementary? Two sixth-grade superstars— Kaya Wilson and Ashley McLaughlin! This dynamic duos are not only students at Aspen but also proud members of Girl Scout Troop 10074. They’re on a mission to earn their Bronze Award for community service, and boy—er, girl—are they nailing it!
Kaya and Ashley approached Aspen Elementary School with the idea of a book vending machine, and the rest is history in the making. These girls have not only earned some serious Girl Scout badges but have also sparked a revolution in reading for their school.
A Generous Helping of Support
Now, you might be wondering how Kaya and Ashely managed to turn this fantastic idea into reality. Well, the sweet surprise here is that it was made possible by a generous donation from Senior Fortis Brown, another Girl Scout from Los Alamos. Fortis selflessly contributed funds she had diligently earned over many years of selling those delectable Girl Scout Cookies. What a heartwarming way to give back to the community and promote reading!
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But that’s not all, folks! The Aspen Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) stepped up to the plate, providing the remaining funds needed to purchase the vending machine. They didn’t stop there, though; they also agreed to allocate a yearly budget for books. Jeff Lloyd, the Aspen Librarian, will be the mastermind behind selecting and stocking the vending machine with an array of thrilling books.
A New Chapter for Aspen Elementary
The arrival of Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine at Aspen Elementary School isn’t just about books; it’s about fostering a love for reading and rewarding acts of kindness and positivity. It’s about showing students that good deeds lead to great adventures between the pages of a book.
Kudos to Kaya Wilson, Ashley McLaughlin, Fortis Brown, and the entire Aspen Elementary School community for making this dream a reality. We hope that this unique literary vending machine continues to dispense stories, inspiration, and joy for many years to come.
And who knows, maybe one day, you’ll walk past a snack vending machine and think, “I wish this dispensed books.” Until then, we’ll leave you with this delightful tale of Aspen Elementary’s literary snacking adventure! 📚🐯
If you believe this program could be beneficial to your school, please call or email us anytime, we would be more than happy to help. Together we can promote literacy for all!
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