Unique vending machine adds muscle to Vale Elementary School reading program

VALE – Students at Vale Elementary School received a unique vending machine earlier this spring.

Instead of candy or energy drinks or soda, the new machine that sits in the Vale Elementary School library dispenses books.

The machine is an incentive to promote reading among students.

Theresa Meiwald, Vale Elementary School principal, said she stumbled upon the idea for a book vending machine while participating in a nationwide Facebook group of educators.

“One of the other principals, from back east, posted it. The picture had a website so I just pulled it up and thought that it looked like such a fantastic idea,” said Meiwald.

The machine cost $4,000 and was paid for with funds from a student body walk-a-thon conducted before the Covid pandemic. The first set of books – the machine holds more than 120 – was purchased with money donated to the library from the Lee McBride . . .