Practicing Their Reading Earns Kids a Discounted Haircut at this Michigan Barbershop

posted: 10/25/16
by: Blythe Copeland
Child reading in barbershop chair
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At The Fuller Cut barbershop in Ypsilanti, Mich., barber Ryan Griffin gives his youngest customers a 20 percent discount with just one catch: The kids have to read out loud during their cut. The shop stocks hundreds of positive, encouraging books for the kids to choose from, reports CNN, and the barbers are happy to help junior readers sound out new words, practice pronunciation, and improve their comprehension skills.

Griffin told CNN that he was inspired to start the program after reading about a similar one at another shop, and that the $2 price cut per haircut has been more than worth it to see how the kids have progressed. "I truly believe it's an absolute simplistic thing," he says. "It didn't cost me one red cent to get this program started, and I say it because all it took was somebody else to inspire me and the barbers here. It's taught me that it doesn't matter how big you think your contribution is, because even though you may think it is small it might mean the world to somebody else."