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Barbers Host Successful Read Across America Event

The charter members of the Reading with Barbers initiative hosted a Read Across America day at their barber shops on Saturday March 2, in conjunction with the Fort Worth ISD Division of Equity and Excellence.

The event celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and promoted the joys of reading to children ages 4-11. Each shop welcomed celebrity readers such as Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, Channel 5 broadcaster Deborah Ferguson, FWISD School Board President Tobi Jackson, Chief Judge of Fort Worth Municipal Court Danny Rodgers, and former Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders, among others. Students were also treated to Dr. Seuss arts and crafts, reading pledges and other fun activities organized by the barbers, Equity and Excellence team members and employees of the Fort Worth Public Library.

Barbers participating in this celebration included: 

  • Chop Shop Barber Shop East
  • Exquisite Stylz Barber Shop
  • HD2 Beauty & Barber School
  • Jazzy Cuts Barber Shop
  • Kay’s Barber Shop
  • Millennium Cuts Barber Studio 
  • J. Kinlow Barbers Lab

The Reading with Barbers initiative helps students ages 4-14 identify as readers in a safe, out-of-school community space. As the only collective impact program of its kind sponsored by an independent school district, Reading with Barbers taps into the energy and enthusiasm of community-based barbers who serve as the hub of neighborhood activities and the place where thought-leaders gather for influential conversation and comradery.

View more photos from the Reading with Barbers event here