Students at Bryden Elementary School in Beachwood now have access to a new book vending machine, courtesy of the Beachwood Schools Foundation as part of the Above and Beyond program.
An official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on October 7 at the school, with remarks from Principal Arianna DeGeorge. The Above and Beyond program raises funds to improve educational programs throughout the district.
“First and foremost, we want to thank the Beachwood Schools Foundation for their incredible and generous donation of the Bryden Book Vending Machine,” DeGeorge said at the event, according to the statement.
According to the statement, each student will have the opportunity to select a free book from the machine by earning tokens for showing kindness to others. The initiative is linked to the school’s character education, which is based on the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today”, by Carol McCloud.
“We are all bucket fillers at this school,” reading teacher Michelle Mayer said at the ceremony, according to the statement. “We all take care of each other, we’re kind and we make sure everyone is okay.”
Along with the Beachwood PTO, the foundation also purchased the books for the vending machine.
“We wanted to do something really special for the children of Bryden,” Beachwood Schools Foundation Vice President Shana Wallenstein said at the event, according to the statement.
Other city officials present included Beachwood Mayor Justin Berns, Councilman Danielle Shoykhet and Councilman Joshua Mintz, as well as members of the Beachwood Schools Foundation, Beachwood Board of Education and Beachwood PTO.
“I’m sure every kid older than you would love to have a machine like this for getting books,” Berns told the students, according to the statement.
Superintendent Robert P. Hardis said, “For us there is probably no more important task that we have in school than to see that the love and joy of reading is inspired from an early age. in our younger students. This vending machine is the perfect tool for us to do that.