Ryan Griffin, the barber who has come up with this idea, "Parents love it and the kids well, they like getting the two dollars back."
1. The barbershop is called The Fuller Cut.
Children and parents are not the only ones who love the program. They get compliments from teachers in school all the time, too.
Kids at the Fuller Cut don't read any ol' books, either. "All our books have positive images of African-Americans - whether it's astronauts, athletes or writers," Griffin said.
3. Ryan Griffin
Griffin has worked at the shop for more than 20 years. He said the idea came up to him after he heard of similar programs in Iowa, Texas, Ohio. He loved the concept and began making it change in his community.
4. Scholastic Praise
Griffin has three children. He started by bringing in old books lying around the house. As the news spread, the shop received new customers as well as books donated by their kids.
5. The Books
Griffin said the best part of this program is that, "When little kids that don't really know how to read or what's going on see an older kid in the chair with a book and then grab a book too, that's what's important. Because when a kid thinks it's cool to read, that's a gift."
6. Other Reading Barbers
If a kid can't finish a book in one session, they have them pick up from where they left off the next time they visit the shop. This way, it is clear to see the improvement each time they come back.
7. The Beginning
Some kids go to class and they're afraid to read out loud, but this really builds their confidence," Griffin says.
8. Cool To Read
Griffin explained, "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."
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