Barber Gives Free Haircuts To Kids Who Agree To Read Stories To Him

A class act.

When you go to a hair salon, the last thing you'd expect is to get a free haircut. 

Sure, you'll get free outdated magazines to read and some free beverage to quench your thirst. If the place is especially nice, they might even offer you some extra service, like a free blowout or a conditioner treatment. But all of this belongs to you ONLY if you pay for the haircut.

This barber decided it's about time to make the tables turn.


Meet Courtney Holmes, a Dubuque, Iowa-based barber and proud daddy of two, whose unique approach to haircutting service has the entire nation talking.

On Aug. 8, community of Dubuque held its second annual Back to School Bash that helps children and their families kickstart the upcoming school year with everything in place. The coordinator of the event, Anderson Sainci, says the goal is to "connect people to people and people to resources."

While some organizations were giving out books, educating people about before- and after-school opportunities, and signing kids up for free backpacks, Holmes decided to put forward what he knows best — hairstyling.

As part of the outreach back-to-school initiative, Holmes offered free haircuts for kids. But only if they agreed to read him a story from a book.

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"I just want to support kids reading," Holmes told the Telegraph Herald.

Holmes, who's a staff member at the Spark Family Hair Salon, thought it would be a nice gesture to surprise parents and their kids with a good trim before their school year starts. He also wanted to make sure there's a learning moment in all of this fun experience.

Holmes was listening to the tales as he was combing their hair. He even helped younger children to pronounce the some unfamiliar words.

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