A barbershop in Florida is giving out more than clean shape ups and fades, but is also promoting literacy. Reggie Ross, owner of Royal Touch Barbershop, in Palm Beach County, has transformed his shop into a library. You will not hear TV or music, only buzzing and the sound of pages turning.
“The barbershop is based on men coming together grooming each other to become better men, and I think books and education is a part of that”,Ross told the local news station.
Ross urges his young customers to read while they wait, and even read aloud while Ross is cutting their hair.
Palm Beach County ‘s graduation rate for black males is just 50 percent according to the school district.
And that’s unacceptable for this Riveria Beach shop owner.
“I think it helps them with their literacy the speed of reading and comprehension, but I would love to see more graduation and education to reduce the violence and increase the economics of the community,” said Reggie Ross.
Page by page – it’s a life lesson for some of our area’s most vulnerable.
“Every time I leave the barbershop I feel like I was in school learning something, plus feel like a new person with a fresh haircut,” said one customer.
Who needs tv and radios, when you have books!
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