Independence Primary School students had an exciting unveiling of a brand new vending machine during the Scholastic Book Fair the week of October 11. Instead of the machine being filled with the typical snacks, candy or drinks, it had dozens of colorful books. As a gift from the IPS PTO, this book vending machine was installed in the main lobby and is now the newest resource to help promote positive behavior, literacy and the excitement to read.
Students can earn a special token to be used to receive a free book from the vending machine. The tokens can be earned by showing specific characteristic traits that are a part of the IPS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
“Each day, students recite our I-Pride pledge: I am an I-Pride Kids; I am positive, respectful, dependable, and empowered; I am an I-Pride kid,” said Principal TJ Ebert, Independence Primary School. “We are appreciative of our supportive parents and school community for providing an opportunity to connect making good choices with early literacy among our youngest learners.”
“Students have been wondering all week, what was inside the large box in the main lobby,” said Ebert. “It was delivered last week and we put a large ribbon around it and kept it covered so it helped build the suspense for the big unveiling. Parents came in to fill the machine when students were not in school. The students were so excited to see the machine when it was finally unveiled and they could not wait to have the opportunity to use it.”
Students that are selected as monthly golden ticket winners for showing I-Pride will get to use the machine. Ten students each month are selected as the golden ticket winners. Students can also earn blue tickets to purchase items from the I-Pride store, including a token to use the book vending machine.