Iowa Barber Trades Styles for Stories
In 2015, when every third-grader has an iPhone and tablets have replaced books in the imaginative spaces of childhood, stories like these restore my faith in humanity. In Dubuque, Iowa, local barber Courtney Holmes is inspiring kids to read by trading back-to-school haircuts for stories read by his young patrons.
This style-for-stories trade was part of the annual Back to School Bas in Comiskey Park in Dubuque. The event, organized by local Anderson Sainci, is an effort to establish collaboration between the families of the community who could benefit from the services provided by the nonprofit organizations in the area. “The idea is to connect people to people and people to resources,” Sainci said, adding, “It helps all of us to reach our full potential.”
Caitlin Daniels is a reading coordinator at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, and she looked on and helped struggling readers in the barber chair. “It’s great. All the kids, they want to have a good haircut to go back to school,” she said. “They’re paying through reading.” This is an important opportunity for these kids make a meaningful connection between education and the real world, seeing their reading skills return in a tangible payoff.
In addition to haircuts and before and after school programs, students were able to register for the Apples for Students program, which provides book bags and school supplies for over a thousand students in Dubuque. It sounds like the students in this district are ready to take on this school year in style!
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This guy is the real back-to-school MVP