Elmira students enjoying book vending machine

State News

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) — Students at Riverside Elementary School are being rewarded for their good deeds with new books.

Thanks to the Parent/Faculty Organization of Riverside, and the generosity of Hunt Engineering and the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc., a customized “Book Vending Machine” is now a permanent fixture just inside the school’s vestibule.

Students can receive tokens from their teachers for the machine whenever they’re seen doing a good deed. Their friends can also report whenever someone helps them if a teacher doesn’t see it.

“That gives them a great incentive for them inside, and promotes literacy throughout,” said Riverside Principal Heather Donovan.

The vending machine offers over a dozen books for students to take home and keep.

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