The Fuller Cut Barbershop in Michigan gives discounts to kids who read books aloud to their barbers while they’re getting their haircut. And the $2 discount often ends up in the kid’s pockets.
Parents love it and the kids … well, they like getting the two dollars back,
” Ryan Griffin, the barber who brought the program to the shop”, told The Huffington Post. “We get compliments from teachers all the time, too.”Griffin said that his community has embraced the idea.
The shop has gotten new customers specifically because they’ve heard about the reading program and older kids like to bring in their old books for the shop use.
“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.”Griffin said he also tracks the progress of the kids who participate in the program.”Some kids go to class and they’re afraid to read out loud, but this really builds their confidence.”
Although the program is making a positive impact on kids’ lives now, it’s the future that Griffin is really looking forward to.
“If we can get kids to come back to the Fuller Cut as adults in college and they tell us, ‘Because you guys had us read here, it made me want to be a writer or journalist,’ that’s really the end goal.”