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Candy-free Vending Machine Gains Popularity with Students

Not all vending machines are created equal. While some may offer a sweet, chocolatey treat or some crunchy, potato goodness, the one at Landmark Academy at Reunion offers words. Inviting, thought-provoking words.

Provided by the Landmark Academy Foundation, a parent group that helps fundraise for the school, the vending machine was installed over the summer and has books for all students to enjoy.
“We use it as a positive reward for students,” Landmark Principal Jenna Reeves said. “They can earn tokens to get a book out of the machine through showing moral focus virtues.”
Students can earn positive student conduct reports from their teachers when they display Moral Focus virtues, leadership, or going above and beyond in a task.

“They turn in their positive student conduct report to the dean, get a positive phone call home, and a token to use for the book vending machine,” Reeves said.
Pictures of students making their selections are included in weekly parent newsletters and the students have grown excited to earn a token.
Popular book titles included in the machine are “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney, “It’s the End of the World and I’m in my Bathing Suit,” by Justin A. Reynolds, and “Mac B. Kid Spy,” by Mac Barnett.
About Landmark Academy at Reunion 
Landmark Academy at Reunion is a tuition-free, public charter school in Commerce City, Colorado, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes over 95 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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