Black-Owned Barbershop Offers Discounts to Kids Who Read While Getting Their Hair Cut
Thanks to The Fuller Cut, a Black-owned barbershop in Ypsilanti, Michigan, children from the community are always looking forward to their next haircut. All they have to do is read aloud books about Black role models, and they will get their two dollars back!
"Parents love it and the kids... well, they like getting the two dollars back," Ryan Griffin, a barber at The Fuller Cut who brought the idea of the discount program to the shop, cheerfully told The Huffington Post. "We get compliments from teachers all the time, too."
Griffin makes sure the kids learn and relate to what they are reading. The books specifically "have positive images of African-Americans -- whether it's astronauts, athletes or writers," he said.
Griffin, a father of three who has been working at the barbershop for 20 years, heard of the concept being used in other states and thought it would be nice to do it in their shop as well. So he started bringing old books he saw in their home and told parents about the idea.
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