Buffalo Public School Unveils New Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine

Arthur O. Eve School Students Rewarded with Tokens for Books Vending Machine

These days, vending machines come in all shapes and sizes, because more and more items are being vended. We’ve seen healthy foods being sold, as well as convenient mini market-style vending solutions. Vending machines are a great way to get products into people’s hands, whenever they want them.

With that in mind, the Global Vending Group, back in 2018, furnished Buffalo’s Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction PS #61 “Home of the Arts,” with a vending machine for books. The school was the first local academy to be outfitted with a machine.

Fast-forward to 2023, and we see that Global Vending Group has returned to the Arthur O. Eve School to upgrade the educational institution with a new Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine. Similar to the first version, this donated unit is in place to promote reading for students within the school community.

The unveiling of the machine was attended by Buffalo Public School Superintendent Dr. Tonja M. Williams.

“This is a unique and fun way to encourage our students to become amazing readers,” said Superintendent Williams. “Students earn special golden tokens for reading, certain habits, or desired behaviors, and are then able to get their favorite books from the vending machine using the tokens.”

Since 2018, the Arthur O. Eve School has helped to demonstrate the useful nature of the book vending machine, which holds between 200 and 300 books in customizable slots. Today, over 6,500 Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machines are located in schools and institutions throughout North America, including The Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence PS #89 in Buffalo.

“We are thrilled to be an integral part of the reading and literacy program at the Arthur Eve School of Distinction,” said Jay Blumberg, president, and CEO of Global Vending Group, Inc. “Our partnership with School 61 has grown over the last five years and this new machine is a great way to keep students motivated to read on their own and with their families. Everyone at Global Vending Group is excited for the kids to use the machine and for it to be a part of their lives for the years to come.”

“For the past five years, the school has connected the Principal’s Reading Club initiative with the book vending machine model,” said Principal Nathaniel Barnes. “This has supported our efforts in cultivating an intrinsic love for reading amongst our student body. We are thrilled that we will be able to continue this work, and promote reading on even a greater platform as result of the generous donation from our partner, Global Vending.”

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