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The Wholesome Reason Why This Barber Pays Kids To Read Books Out Loud During Haircuts

A child sitting next to the barber who started "Books by Kids."

One barber is helping kids become more confident, not just by giving them great haircuts, but through his “Books by Kids” program. Jon Escueta, owner of City Cuts Barbershop, pays children $3 to read out loud during their appointments. He hopes to encourage kids to feel comfortable making themselves heard in a safe environment “without fear of being judged.” According to one parent, the program is working!

Mom Carrie Ann Hamilton says her son has benefitted greatly from “Books by Kids” at City Cuts Barbershop. Reading out loud has given Connor more confidence in the classroom.

“It made me speak up,” the boy said, according to CNN. “I am always raising my hand to get picked.”

There’s a reason Jon Escueta wants to help kids overcome their shyness, especially at school. At the age of eight, he moved to the U.S. from the Philippines. He didn’t know how to speak English, so developing a sense of confidence in his new home wasn’t easy. When he sees children struggling to assert themselves, he feels sympathetic.

“I know what it feels like and try to make them feel good about themselves,” Jon said.

A child sitting next to the barber who started "Books by Kids."

How does City Cuts Barbershop finance their “Books by Kids” program? Most of the money and books come from community members. Plus, anyone can contribute via their GoFundMe!

It’s wonderful to see someone learning from their own negative experiences and using them to help the next generation. Jon Escueta is really making a difference in these kids’ lives!

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