Barber offers free haircut to kids in exchange for reading books

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In order to help children learn how to read, this barber encouraged them to read a story in exchange of a free hair cut.

Most of people are used to barber's tales. Whenever you get a hair cut, aside from the service itself, you probably experienced listening to your barber talk while cutting your hair. But what if it's the other way around? In Iowa, kids don't have to listen to their barber's stories, rather they will be the one reading to their barber.

45-year old barber Courtney Holmes gathered attention from the media by offering free haircut to the kids in his area under one condition: they will read him a story. His generous offer was a part of community youth project to help children who face struggles in reading.
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The reading session, which is sponsored by St. Mark Youth Enrichment takes place in Spark Family Hair Salon. Children are allowed to choose what book they want. In turn, Holmes will give them their hair cut while the kids read him the story.



Aside from the free hair cut, children also get to have a free vocabulary lesson. When they encounter a word that they struggle with, Holmes will discuss it with them. After the haircut, he will ask them questions about the story to ensure that they understood it.



Holmes opened his personal story behind his cause in an interview with The Independent.

"The only book I read as a child was the Bible, and the books we had at school. I was not a kid that got read to at an early age. I have a two-year-old and a three-year-old. I read them a story every night. But 50 per cent of these kids are struggling to read."

Because of the success, Holmes said he considers making this into a regular monthly event to further extend his help to other children.

I want to start something that will help with their literacy. I want to put a book in their hands, rather than have them in front of a computer.

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