Gone are the days when vending machines were limited to snack foods and sugary sodas.
These days, some enterprising school staffers have started using old vintage machines to distribute “food for thought” in the form of new books.
With that in mind, Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School is hosting a community flea market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 17 in the school cafeteria, to raise funds for new books.
Expect to find everything from clothing to collectibles and household items, much of it donated.
The school recently acquired an old vending machine that had been “put out to pasture,” so staff and faculty are on a quest for books. Tables at the flea market are available for rent, two for $12, and proceeds will go toward book purchases.
“Kids love sticking their two quarters in and getting to choose something they want, and we want to do whatever we can to make kids want to read, to help them enjoy reading,” said Bonnie McClung, a reading teacher who is helping to coordinate the vending machine effort.
“We’re an at-risk school, and we really want to increase literacy, improve test scores, so we want to get books the children have picked out into their hands, so they have ownership,” she added.
Between grants and discounts, each rental could net as many as a dozen new books.
The event will be held rain or shine, according to organizers.
To secure a table or get more information, please call the school at (304) 348-1902.