When San Angelo ISD announced our new community-wide literacy initiative San Angelo READS! to our elementary campus administration teams, wheels began turning in the creative minds at Santa Rita Elementary. “We wanted an ‘out of the box’ way for students to be rewarded and stay excited about literacy,” Kay Scott, Principal at Santa Rita Elementary said. “Making reading fun is critical for literacy so all types of readers can be reached and supported.”
With all types of readers and an inventive, fun idea in mind, Santa Rita purchased the book vending machine. For the book vending machine, Santa Rita staff takes books selected through interest surveys and frequently checked-out titles from the library, and places them in a vending machine. Santa Rita students then use tokens given to them for any type of reading progress set by each grade level to spend in the vending machine in exchange for a book of their choice. “We hope the students enjoy this new reading program so much that we quickly run out of tokens and books, and need to install an additional machine. Excitement about reading is our goal,” Scott said.
The book vending machine was unveiled to Santa Rita students on Tuesday, December 8th, 2020. Students spent San Angelo READS! Day earning tokens and accessing books from the vending machine. “Literacy is the foundation for everything that we do and is an integral piece to a well-rounded student,” Scott said.
Follow the San Angelo ISD Facebook, Twitter, and website, www.saisd.org/read, to see how we celebrate San Angelo READS! Day. Community members are encouraged to share how they celebrate and participate in San Angelo READS! Day through the hashtag, #SAISDReads. Let’s read, San Angelo!