Barber Offers Discount to Kids Who Read to Him

When you walk into a barber shop, you’re usually there for one of two reasons: to get your hair cut or to socialize…sometimes both. Barber shops are places where you can meet up with people, socialize with your friends, and talk about anything from politics to music. 

A barber shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Fuller Cut, has done something innovative; they implemented a literacy program. Barber, Ryan Griffin, offers a $2 discount to kids who bring a book to the barber shop and read out loud while they’re getting their haircut! 

Ryan Griffin

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Griffin was influenced by a similar program in Harlem, NY. He told NPR

Any help these kids can get with reading and … comprehension is a big thing. You know, maybe someday some kid will grow up and be a journalist, be a writer, and he’ll say, ‘You know what, when I was young, my barber used to make me read.’ 

Griffin explains that what’s different about Fuller Cuts is kids get quizzed to make sure they understand what they’re reading. Over a hundred kids have read to the Ypsilanti barbers within the past year.

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According to NPR, “You can find similar programs all over the country from Houston, to Dubuque, Iowa, to Columbus, Ohio.” 


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