US barber gives free haircuts to kids who READ to him

06:13 PM | 20 Aug, 2015
US barber gives free haircuts to kids who READ to him
DUBUQUE, Iowa (Web Desk) - Courtney Homes, a barber at Dubuque’s Spark Family Hair Salon, recently came up with unique way of charging children for haircuts - he asked for stories instead of money!

He’s passionate about supporting kids reading, so he had his little clients read out loud to him as he worked on their hair, according to Oddity Central.

“The kids would come in, and I would say, “Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can’t read it, I’ll help you understand and we can read it together,” Holmes told reporters.

“To be honest, I was amazed, the line started with four kids, and next thing I knew it was like 20 kids, all waiting for a haircut and eager to read.”


Homes conducted the unique initiative during the second annual Back to School Bash at the city’s Comiskey Park. Lots of kids showed up to get free haircuts and read to Homes in return.

Nine-year-old Tayshawn Kirby, for instance, read from Fats, Oils, and Sweets by Carol Parenzan Smalley. Later, Tayshawn’s brother Titan took the chair.

The two boys’ aunt Kathleen Winfrey, who brought them to the park, was impressed with the whole idea. “I love it,” she told the media. “It’s good for our community.”

“This is amazing, it’s fabulous,” added Beth McGorry, who gave away books to the community through St. Mark Youth Enrichment - some of which were read to Homes. She was especially delighted that Homes was helping young children to pronounce words they weren’t familiar with.


Caitlin Daniels, a grade-level reading coordinator, also helped the kids struggling to read in the barber’s chair. “It’s great,” she said.

“All the kids, they want to have a good haircut to go back to school. They’re paying through reading.”

Anderson Sainci, who coordinated the Back to School Bash, said that the event was possible due the collaboration of several nonprofits and community partners. “The idea is to connect people to people, and people to resources,” he said. “It helps all of us reach our full potential.”

As we’ve seen before, a comb and a pair of scissors can be powerful tools in the right hands. They can give people their self-esteem back and even discipline misbehaving kids.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal – March 1, 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 1, 2024 (Friday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.32 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 353 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 1, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.32 282.35
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.4 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 172.43 174.43
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.74 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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