CFBISD students are seeing double as district unveils second book vending machine

Students in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD aren’t prescribed fixes for double vision. In fact, principals hope their students go from seeing two things to four or five, maybe six or seven—at least when their vision relates to reading. 

As part of CFBISD’s dedication to promote literacy for all students, Dewitt Perry MS received the district’s second book vending machine on June 5. The first machine, installed at Carrollton Elementary last November, kick-started the initiative that the district plans on expanding. 

“We are so excited to receive our book vending machine,” said Vicky Cisneros, Principal at Perry MS. “We want to express all our gratitude to Core Construction and the CFBISD Educational Foundation for making this possible.”

Book vending machines, specifically designed for each school, are created to help students build an in-home library and increase reading engagement. Students can earn tokens to use at the machines by exhibiting good behavior and achieving goals. 

“Our students are so excited,” said Amy Brenders, Librarian at Perry MS. “They have been talking about this all year long, so we are glad it’s finally here.” 

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place in the near future where leaders from Core Construction, Educational Foundation leaders, district and city officials, students and alumni will attend. 

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Educational Foundation works with donors to provide these literacy-enhancing opportunities for schools. There are currently three additional machines that are in works of production at Central, Farmers Branch, McWhorter and Sheffield Elementary Schools, thanks to donations from generous donors.

To see a first-look at the book vending machine being installed at Perry MS, check out this video.

To learn more about this initiative or to get involved, please visit the CFBISD Educational Foundation website.