"Reading with Barbers" Keeps Students on the Cutting Edge
Fort Worth, Texas - Above the familiar sound of clippers at several Fort Worth neighborhood barbershops is a new sound – the buzz of reading.
Last week, the Fort Worth ISD Department of Equity and Excellence kicked off a pilot program called “Reading with Barbers” to help students ages 4-14 identify as readers in safe, out-of-school community spaces. Nine barbers from east and southeast Fort Worth received bookshelves and reading materials from the Fort Worth ISD to establish the reading centers. And, as you can see in this video, young customers are already trying them out.
Each barber also received colorful charts and stickers so the children can keep track of their reading progress and earn rewards, prizes and praise.
“Reading with Barbers” aligns with the District’s 100 x 25 FWTX literacy initiative, which sets a goal of 100% of third-graders reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Fort Worth Literacy Partnership. The 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.