Children Get Free Haircuts When They Read To This Barber

Credit: Mike Burley/
Credit: Mike Burley/

For many young children, a trip to the hair stylist is a traumatic, unfriendly experience. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

As part of the Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park, Iowa, local barber Courtney Holmes decided to do something special for kids headed back to the classroom. In exchange for kids reading to him, the father of two would give free haircuts.

“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.”

Especially in a society heavily influenced by the need to fit in, many young kids feel shy about reading out loud. But Holmes’ inspired idea helped a number of children open up and feel more confident in their ability to express their literacy.

As THONLINE reports, many kids were excited to share their stories, and the parents found it to be an excellent swap. “I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes said.

This is a trend we hope catches on!

Credit: Mike Burley / THonline
Credit: Mike Burley / THonline

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