This elementary school fills their vending machine with books instead of candy

PHOTO: Umatilla Elementary gathers books via Scholastic Book Fair points, donations and purchases by the school.PlayUmatilla Elementary
WATCH School reveals machine that vends books, not candy

A Florida elementary school is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine.

"It's been a success," said Diane Dwyer, principal at Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida. "It has created excitement and joy around reading and anything that encourages reading is a win in our book."

Dwyer told "Good Morning America" that the idea behind the book-filled vending machine was that of Susan Caldwell's -- the school media specialist.

PHOTO: Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida, is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine. Umatilla Elementary
Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida, is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine.
PHOTO: Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida, is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine. Umatilla Elementary
Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida, is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine.

From there, the school began gathering books via Scholastic Book Fair points, donations and purchases through school staff.

PHOTO: Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida, is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine. Umatilla Elementary
Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Florida, is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine.

The children, grades kindergarten through 5th, are able to swap "Bulldog Bucks" for coins to buy books at the machine. "Bulldog Bucks" are tokens earned in exchange for committing a kind act, or working hard on an assignment, Dwyer said.

PHOTO: Principal Diane Dwyer said the idea behind the book-filled vending machine was that of Susan Caldwells, the school media specialist. Umatilla Elementary
Principal Diane Dwyer said the idea behind the book-filled vending machine was that of Susan Caldwell's, the school media specialist.

The vending machine was unveiled Monday as part of literacy week and Dwyer said they already had to restock the books.

PHOTO: Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Fla., is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine. Umatilla Elementary
Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Fla., is offering reading material, rather than sweets, to students who frequent the vending machine.

"It would be wonderful if we can partner with local businesses to donate more books because it's been a hit," Caldwell told "GMA."

It has created excitement and joy around reading.
PHOTO: The book vending machine at Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Fla., holds more than 24 books. Umatilla Elementary
The book vending machine at Umatilla Elementary in Umatilla, Fla., holds more than 24 books.

Dwyer and Caldwell said a local church recently donated a second vending machine to the school. The plan is to have one machine dedicated to a kindergarten to 2nd grade reading level and the other for grades 3 to 5.

PHOTO: Umatilla Elementary gathers books via Scholastic Book Fair points, donations and purchases by the school. Umatilla Elementary
Umatilla Elementary gathers books via Scholastic Book Fair points, donations and purchases by the school.