A bookworm's delight: New book vending machine comes to Hartwell Elementary

  • Sunshot by Michael Hall — Kindergartener Duke Swafford reaches up to press the buttons of Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine on Oct. 25 at Hartwell Elementary as vice principal Ashley McNeil, from left, second-grader Jordynn Ashmore, media specialist Erin Gaines and principal Lydia Bennett, right, look on.
    Sunshot by Michael Hall — Kindergartener Duke Swafford reaches up to press the buttons of Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine on Oct. 25 at Hartwell Elementary as vice principal Ashley McNeil, from left, second-grader Jordynn Ashmore, media specialist Erin Gaines and principal Lydia Bennett, right, look on.
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Duke Swafford had an important decision to make with the eyes of a packed gymnasium at Hartwell Elementary on him, adding to the pressure. 

The moment on Oct. 24 at the ribbon cutting for the new machine was a lot for a kindergartener. Duke was up to the challenge. 

He reached the golden token in his hand high above his head, inserted it into Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine and chose the first book ever dispensed by the brand new device to great applause. 

Duke chose a “Pete the Cat” book. 

“It’s fun because I get to read more books,” he said. 

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