GOOD NEWS: Bookworm Vending Machine

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A new Bookworm Vending Machine was recently unveiled at Blanton Elementary.

The Bookworm Vending Machine will enhance the Bookworms Literacy Program funded by the Education Foundation by offering choice reading to students in Ector County Independent School District, providing students with endless opportunities to learn and become engaged in reading.

The first Bookworm Vending Machine was unveiled in October 2019 at Ross Elementary. This new machine at Blanton Elementary brings the count in ECISD up to 15 and 22 more machines are on the way.

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The Education Foundation is committed to ensuring every ECISD school that wants a Bookworm Vending Machine has one to help with their literacy efforts.

“We are so excited to bring the students at Blanton a Bookworm Vending Machine and are so grateful to our partners at HEB for their donation,” Celeste Potter, Education Foundation Director, states. “This is a great compliment to our Bookworms Literacy Program that currently provides students in grades Pre-K through 1st grade with a new book each month. Research shows that books in the home has a positive payoff in improved test scores so any opportunity to get books in the hands of our students is a win.”

The Bookworm Vending Machine comes to ECISD from Global Vending Group out of Amherst, NY. To learn more about the development of this machine, visit For more information about the Education Foundation of Odessa, visit