MADILL, Okla. (KTEN) — The 2022-23 school year is under way, and Madill Elementary School has found a fun and creative way to get students excited to learn.

The school has swapped sweets for books in its newest vending machine. Principal Kristi Birdsong helped get it to the school, and came up with the idea of giving students a gold token on their birthday (or half-birthday) to get a new book from the machine.

"I like reading books, and it felt special to get something on my birthday from the vending machine," said fifth grade student Anahi Sanchez, who was the first to use it.

Madill Elementary School's new book vending machine.

The school is funding new books in the machine through cookie dough and candy bar fundraisers that are held throughout the year. As teachers get used to having the machine in the hallway, there's hope that it can add to future curriculum.

"I would like to have other ways for them to earn a book; maybe the reading teachers could offer an incentive: 'If you do this, you get to earn a token,'" said Principal Kristi Birdsong.

The vending machine has been a popular addition among faculty and students at Madill Elementary, and that enthusiasm is spreading.

"I've had parents comment on Facebook saying, 'Oh, this is neat!' and their kids are in middle school," Birdsong said. "I hope that maybe other sites could get one, too."