St-Landry parish schools receive book vending machines

Vending machines will offer a different type of brain food to students at St. Landry Parish.

Several elementary schools in the parish are installing book vending machines to encourage their students to read.

On Tuesday, Northeast Elementary became the first school to receive a book vending machine. An unveiling took place at 10 a.m. at the school library.

“Our district leaders decided this was a trendy way to get students reading,” Northeast Elementary Principal Chamir Murphy said. “As we know, everyone likes to stop at a vending machine and grab a snack because it’s often take-out food.”

Park Vista Elementary, Grolee Elementary and Leonville Elementary will also receive vending machines.

The school district says it will operate on a token system.

“We wanted our kids to be able to recognize that reading is the food or the fuel that will take them to their next level,” Murphy said.

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