November 30, 2023

Northwood Elementary’s Inchy the Bookworm Vending Machine

At Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), we believe in the transformative power of education. Each year, we partner with educators to bring innovative initiatives that enrich the learning experience for students across Irvine schools through our Innovative Grants Program. Our recent collaboration with Northwood Elementary School is a testament to this commitment. 

 Northwood Elementary’s Innovative Grant  funded the Inchy the Bookworm Vending Machine. This project fosters a love for reading and celebrates diversity within the school community. 

Inchy  isn’t your ordinary vending machine. It’s a gateway to a world of imagination, knowledge, and cultural exploration. Stocked with a carefully curated selection of diverse books, this initiative was designed to cater to the varied interests and backgrounds of  students at Northwood Elementary. 

“Through this grant, we aimed to provide an avenue for students to access books that reflect their identities and experiences,” explains Kelly Duncan, Principal of Northwood Elementary School. “Our commitment to inclusivity and diversity is evident in the machine’s offerings, showcasing stories from various genres, cultures, and languages. We believe that literature has the power to connect, inspire, and broaden horizons, and Inchy  embodies this belief.” 

One of the unique aspects of this initiative is its distribution strategy. Tokens for the vending machine are distributed to students on their birthdays, encouraging them to celebrate their special day with the gift of a book. Additionally, the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program further incentivizes positive behavior by rewarding students with coins, reinforcing the link between good conduct and the joy of reading. 

This innovative approach not only promotes literacy but also nurtures a sense of community within Northwood Elementary. Inchy the Bookworm Vending Machine celebrates the uniqueness of each student, fostering an environment where everyone feels represented and valued.At IPSF, we are proud to support such initiatives that go beyond conventional teaching methods.  

We are excited about the ongoing impact this initiative will have on the students at Northwood Elementary. By fostering a love for reading, nurturing empathy, and promoting cultural understanding, Inchy the Bookworm Vending Machine  is an inspiration for schools looking to transform their approach to literacy education. 

 Do you have an innovative idea for your school? We encourage you to collaborate with your child’s teacher(s) and school staff to apply for 2024 IPSF Innovative Grant, click to learn more.