Thanks to social media, I read this story in the GlobeGazette.com which made my day. I love it.
Courtney Holmes, right, listens to Jeremiah Reddick, 9, of Dubuque, as he reads while receiving a free haircut Saturday during the Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park, in Dubuque. Holmes offered his services to children who read while getting their hair cut.
The story was written up by the Associated Press (AP) about Dubuque Iowa. The basic idea is that: Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the upcoming school year.
“It’s great. All the kids, they want to have a good haircut to go back to school. They’re paying through reading.”
Barber Courtney Holmes traded the tales for trims on Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park.
Apparently, several local groups got into the action. St. Mark Youth Enrichment gave away books. Outreach coordinator Beth McGorry with St. Mark said she enjoyed watching Holmes help young children sound out the words they didn’t know yet. Caitlin Daniels, grade-level reading coordinator with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, also helped. The city’s acting resource manager, Anderson Sainci, coordinated the event, which involved nonprofits and other community partners.
I’d like to see this sort of program made into a national effort. Is there a national barber’s trade group or association that might be able to champion it? I’d like to see it coordinated with groups like ILA and NCTE.
What initiatives have you seen, or dreamed about doing, that would help students engage more in literacy activities? I’d appreciate your input.
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