Michigan barbershop gives students a discount if they read to their barber

By Andrew Pillow

Literacy is huge gap in America. More than a few promotions have attempted to solve that problem. Some are more successful than others, but a Michigan barbershop has found one promotion that works.

Fuller Cut barbershop is offering children a $2 discount if they pick a book and read it out loud to their barber. The barbers also quiz their customers to make sure they understand what they read.

The books reflect the clientele of the barbershop, which is mostly African American. Kids can choose from a wide range of black themed books, from Obama to the civil rights movement. As of late, the barbershop has received many donations of books.  

This is a promotion that has been done in other places around the country as well.

Read more here. (NPR)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.