Poor Clark's gives fresh cuts for young readers

Boys in kindergarten through 12th grade were rewarded for reading on Monday, with a free haircut.

Poor Clarkâ??s Barber Shop in south Toledo invited young men to jump in the barberâ??s chair for actively engaging in reading. Although he did graduate high school, shop owner Henry Clark says he learned to read in eighth grade. He believes learning to read is a key to success.

â??I could have done much better had I learned to read at an early age, thatâ??s why itâ??s so important to me to see youngsters read.â?? said Clark. He continued, â??When they come in I have them check the books, see have they read anything and do they know anything about the book.â??

Poor Clarkâ??s Barber Shop has lowered the ears of about 500 children in the five years it has participated in the program. Private donations from the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Northwest Ohio Laborers Local 500, the Toledo Zoo, and Mount Nebo Baptist Church have helped provide the haircuts.

â??The barber shop is in business to be in business, so of course they canâ??t donate free haircuts,â?? said Rev. Cedric Brock, pastor of Mt. Nebo, who remembers getting his hair cut at Poor Clarkâ??s when he was young. He added, â??The community, all of us coming together, help support this for our babies.â??

Read for Literacy created a library at the barber shop by providing free books for children to take home and read.

Haircuts cost $10 per child, and Poor Clarkâ??s Barber Shop will be accepting donations from the public. All donations are tax deductible.