Ann Karrer, the Principal of Stone Oak Elementary, awarded several students coins to get books from their new book vending machine that was purchased with a NEEF grant. The first 4th-grade student received a coin for creating a classroom library checkout system. Another student was given a coin for holding the cafeteria door open for the students that arrived by bus.
Phillip and Everlee both received coins because of their positive attitudes. “You work hard and always do your best. You make good choices and you are great examples for your classmates,” stated Principal Karrer.
Phillip placed the coin in the machine and chose the book he wanted. It fell from the slot, just the same way a candy bar would. He delighted when retrieving the book, “I read the first one of these in Miss Bridges class but not the second one. I feel really excited!”
It’s amazing to see the smiles on students’ faces when they get books from a vending machine. Instead of sugary sodas, they get the gift of literacy.
NEEF is grateful for principals and teachers researching and applying for innovative grants that enhance NEISD student success.