Barber started reading program to promote education

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 00:04:35-04

MADISON, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Middle Tennessee barber started offering discounted hair appointments to kids who read a book while getting a haircut.

Jermaine Scott cuts hair at Ligons Barbershop located at 966 Madison Sq. in Madison.

Scott started 'Discounted Thursdays' six months ago after realizing many young customers were glued to tablets and cell phones.

"The normal cost for children's haircuts is $15 but I'll discount it to $10 a haircut," he said.

Scott offers a cut above the rest by providing the books for the children.

"Just setting trends, doing something different. Mainly to put the focus on reading and education, reading is important whatever you want to do," he said.

With a book in hand, John Reaves reads Rappy Goes to School. He attends Nashville Classical.

"Back in the day, I use to read short, easy books but now I like to read chapter books. When I was in second grade I started reading Harry Potter. It was a great book," Reaves said.

Reaves' mother said she appreciates what the barbershop is doing for children.

"So that combined with what we know to do as parents and to really raise our children, I think it's unstoppable and that's what it should be," Jessica Reaves said.

Scott provides the books himself. If anyone would like to donate a book, you can contact him via Instagram at "scottthebarber_615" or at 615-663-0769.

The barbershop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.