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.