By SHERRY DIGMON
Handling scissors almost as big as himself, Kamden Turner, cut the ribbon on a new and exciting “vending machine” at Rachel Patterson Elementary School Wednesday, September 13.
Inchy, the Bookworm, is the machine’s name and it dispenses books. Students earn “golden tokens” for good behavior, attendance, academic progress, positive office referrals, and more. Tokens are used to “purchase” books the students keep and take home.
RPES Principal Toya McMillian is excited for this opportunity for her students.
“A huge thank you to our partners in education at Gulf Coast RC&D for funding this amazing project to promote literacy, build students’ home libraries, and ignite a love for reading in our students,” she posted on social media.
Several avid readers were selected by the school librarian, Julie McDonald, to participate in the ceremony. Kamden Turner, the student with the highest number of AR points had the honor of using the gigantic scissors to cut the special ribbon. He was also presented the first golden token to receive the first book prize. The second token was presented to the student with the second highest number of AR points, Quinterio Hunter.
Special guests for the ribbon cutting were Hope Lassiter and Michelle Amerson with the Atmore Public Library.