Reading With Barbers

  • The “Reading with Barbers” program was launched in the summer of 2017 in barber shops located in east and southeast Fort Worth. It is designed to help students, ages 4-14, identify as readers in safe, out-of-school community spaces.  The program aligns with Fort Worth ISD’s 100 X 25 FWTX initiative, which sets a goal of 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025.

    “Reading with Barbers” is a prime example of how community involvement can impact student learning. Students who read at the local barber shop are in a comfortable, familiar environment that is a central part of their neighborhood. Barbers have established relationships with their young customers and can provide support to help reluctant readers build confidence by encouraging them to read aloud and to answer questions about the book. Parents can read with their children while they wait for their haircut, and older readers can select their own books to read.

    This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.

  • Participating Barber Shops:

     

    Chop Shop Barber Shop

    Ms. Donna Moss
    6700 Brentwood Stair Rd
    Fort Worth, TX 76112
    817-496-6323


    Exquisite Stylz Barber Shop

    Mr. Marcus Brisby
    5418 E. Berry St
    Fort Worth, TX 76119
    214-552-1621


    HD2 Beauty & Barber School

    Mr. Felton Love
    2715 Altamesa Blvd
    Fort Worth, Texas 76133
    817-292-4495


    Jazzy Cuts Barber Shop

    Ms. Tracy Turner
    1915 Evans Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76104
    817-207-0603


    Kay’s Barber Shop

    Mr. Jajuan Johnson
    3720 Miller Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76119
    817-535-9192


    Millennium Cuts Barber Studio

    Mr. Tyrone Malone, Mr. Roger Foggle & Mr. Anddy Barnes
    8000 Wichita St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76140
    817-293-8273


    Williams Barber College

    Ms. Shirley Thomas
    1251 Evans Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76104
    817-335-9681

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