New vending machines in Detroit are impacting the lives and minds of young children as they provide them with free reading material instead of the usual chips and candy treat.
With less than two weeks until school starts – kids all over the city of Detroit are already sharpening their reading skills and Thursday FOX 2 got to see it first-hand.
High-fives for summer reading – the kids and FOX 2’s Amy Lange have agreed to all read “Sarny.” It’s one of the many free books in this “Soar With Reading” vending machine.
“It’s good they have different books every week because you need to read a variety of books,” said Miron Dover
The kids here at the Northwest Activities Center showed FOX 2 the machine that’s kept them engaged in reading this summer.
Amy Lange even had a chance to read one of the books to the dozens of children here for summer camp.
“We’ve distributed over 7,000 books in six weeks,” Ronald Lockett, executive director of the Northwest Activities Center. “Reading is so fundamental and so important and that’s what really excited us because it elevates the community.”