Many kids are afraid to read out-loud, so barber Courtney Holmes decided to do something about it
The barber took a day off work at Spark Family Hair Salon to manage a booth he set up at an annual community event. The event, filled with nonprofits and community organizers, is dedicated to helping children and parents prepare for the school year.
Holmes told USA Today:
in Comiskey Park in Dubuque, Iowa, local barber Courtney Holmes decided to do something special. The father of two decided to give free haircuts to kids who would read to him.
“The kids would come in, and I would say, “Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can’t read it, I’ll help you understand and we can read it together,” Holmes told 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 eager to read.”
By the time the event concluded, Holmes still had 10 children who needed haircuts. He honored his promise by handing out vouchers for his back-to-school haircut deal and reminded the kids to bring a book.
The idea has been such a hit that Holmes is considering a monthly event to offer kids free haircuts in exchange for them reading out loud. He said:
“I’m looking forward to keeping this going.”