Local barber Courtney Holmes came up with a special idea to commemorate back-to-school season as part of the Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park, Iowa. The father of two knows the stress and anxiety that afflicts young students who are afraid of public speaking and reading out loud, which is why he thought up the idea to give free haircuts to kids who read aloud to him.
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:
“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.’ 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.”