The Fuller Cut Barbershop in Michigan is rewarding kids who read to their barbers during a haircut! In an effort to promote education and a love for reading, the barbershop gives customers a $2.00 discount (which usually ends up in the child’s pocket!) for children who read out loud during their appointment.
Parents love it and the kids … well, they like getting the two dollars back,” says Ryan Griffin, the man responsible for bringing the program to the shop.
Teachers think it is a wonderful way to spark a love of reading, and the word has spread throughout the neighborhood, bringing in new customers by the dozens. Older children have donated their old books to the shop for others to read, and are inspiring younger children by doing so.
The program is helping to “lead by example,” and is already boosting the confidence of younger children who have a hard time reading out loud at school.
When little kids that don’t really know how to read or what’s going on see an older kid in the chair with a book and then grab a book too, that’s what’s important,” said Griffin. “Because when a kid thinks it’s cool to read, that’s a gift.”
They hope that in a decade, adults will come back after graduating from college and tell the barbers that they have gone into journalism or writing. If even one child grows up with a little more confidence than they came in with, it will have all been worth it.
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