Many children dread going to the hair salon or neighborhood barber shop, perhaps feeling it’s just one more chore being inflicted by their parents or a place where they feel overpowered by adults. However, one community-minded barber is changing that.
Every summer ComiskeyPark in Iowa hosts a Back to School bash and as a generous contribution,Courtney Holmes, a local barber and father of two, makes a special offer to thestudents on their way into the new school year. Holmes offers to give each kid a fresh back to school haircut if theywill read to him.
“The kids wouldcome in, and I would say, “Go to the table and get a book you might like, andif you can’t read it, I’ll help you understand andwe can read it together,” Holmestold USA Today. “To be honest, I was amazed. The line started with four kids,and next thing I knew it was like 20 kids, all waiting for a haircut and eagerto read.”
Inour culture children can be nervous to read in front of others due to socialpressure and pressure from the classroom setting. Holme’s kindhearted exchange has created asafe container where children can feel encouraged and supported to voice theirreading skills.
Kids and parents werehappy with the exchange with many pleased kids sharing positive stories, “Ijust want to support kids reading,” Holmessaid.