Barber gives free haircuts to kids in exchange for them reading to him

(Associated Press) Children who read books to a local barber have received a free haircut as part of a community event in Dubuque to help families prepare for the upcoming school year. Barber Courtney Holmes traded the tales for trims on Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park. Tayshawn Kirby, 9, of Dubuque, read from “Fats, Oils and Sweets,” by Carol Parenzan Smalley, informing Holmes that the average person eats 150 pounds of sugar each year. Before Tayshawn’s 10-year-old brother, Titan Feeney, took his turn in the barber chair, he told his brother the new look was great. “I just want to support kids reading,” Holmes said.

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