7-year-old, Jozef Jason came to the Fuller Cut barbershop. He hopped on the chair and explained the barber, "It's high on the top and short on the bottom, and lines that go in a diagonal line where the top is gonna be”. He was asking for the much famous hairdo- the kid's mohawk.
While the kid was looking for some style, his dad Keith Jason, chose this barber shop over all the others in Ypsilanti — a working-class town just outside Ann Arbor, Mich. — for a different reason. At the Fuller Cut, kids get a $2 discount if they read a book aloud to their barber.
Dad Jason made absolute sense when he explained, "It's an amazing thing. It's helping my pockets, it's helping their education, and it's helping prepare a better future for them, so I love it."
But the real credit for this unique idea should be given to Ryan Griffin. He has been into the Mohawk and tapers business for the past 20 years. He says he first read about a similar literacy program in Harlem, N.Y., so he asked his boss if they could replicate it. Within a few weeks, people in the area were donating books to the cause.
Well, it is not only about reading the words out loud, they get quizzed by their barber to make sure they understand what they read.
More than a hundred kids have read to the Ypsilanti barbers over the past year. Some more willingly than others.
One may not love the reading part, but the part where the kid gets $2 from the barber to put in his piggy bank? That makes it a win-win situation for both the dad and the kid!
You can also explore the similar programme at Houston, Dubuque, Iowa to Columbus.
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