One Michigan barbershop is proving to be a cut above the rest by encouraging kids to read
The Fuller Cut is a barbershop in working-class town Ypsilanti, Michigan that has been gaining a lot of buzz recently for encouraging kids to read. How? Kids are given a $2 discount if they read aloud to their barbers as they get their haircuts.
Barber Ryan Griffin can be credited for starting the discount program at The Fuller Cut, though he admits that he got the idea after reading about a similar program in Harlem, New York.
"It hit me like a book! I was like, that is so responsible to have these kids not waste their time just either sitting there doing nothing, or playing a video game. They can read," Griffin told CNN.
“I hope people reading this and feel the same way go to their barbershop or beauty salons and tell them about this program as well.”
The father of three asked his boss if they could adapt the program. He started small, bringing in books he had lying around at home and just telling parents about the discount.
“And that’s just how it started. It wasn’t anything grand. I just wanted to be responsible,” he told The Huffington Post. “I hope people reading this and feel the same way go to their barbershop or beauty salons and tell them about this program as well.”
The community loved the idea, and within a few weeks of introducing the program, people were already donating books for it. The books at The Fuller Cut cater specifically to the neighborhood—the barbershop's library has 75-100 books that feature positive images of African-Americans.
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