Mich. Barbershop Gives Discounts to Kids Who Read Aloud During Appointment


The Fuller Cut barbershop in Ypsilanti, Mich., gives $2 discounts to kids who read aloud to their barbers, and often, that money goes right into the kids’ pockets.

“All our books have positive images of African-Americans — whether it’s astronauts, athletes or writers.”

A Michigan barbershop is attracting a lot of attention, giving $2 discounts to kids who read books aloud to their barbers while they are getting their hair styled, the Huffington Post reports.

Most of the time, the $2 goes straight back into the kids’ hands.

“Parents love it and the kids … well, they like getting the two dollars back,” Ryan Griffin, the barber at the Fuller Cut barbershop who started the discount at the shop told the Huffington Post . “We get compliments from teachers all the time, too.”


A boy reading about President Obama.

Griffin also makes sure it’s not just random books that the kids are picking up, either.

“All our books have positive images of African Americans—whether it’s astronauts, athletes or writers,” he said of the selection offered.

Griffin acknowledges that the idea is not an original one. Other barbershops across the nation have done it before. Inspired, Griffin, a father of three, started bringing in old books he had around the house and telling parents about the discount.


This little man was all about getting $2 off.

“And that’s just how it started. It wasn’t anything grand. I just wanted to be responsible,” he said. “I hope people reading this and [who] feel the same way go to their barbershop or beauty salons and tell them about this program as well.”“If we can get kids to come back to the Fuller Cut as adults in college and they tell us, ‘Because you guys had us read here, it made me want to be a writer or journalist,’ that’s really the end goal,” he added.

Read more at the Huffington Posthair

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