Students Get Free Haircuts at Hays-Porter Elementary


Seven Cincinnati-area barbers recently set up shop at Hays-Porter Elementary’s gymnasium to give free haircuts to students as part of the Barbers Give Back initiative.

After their haircuts, the students posed for a quick photo-op to show off their new do’s.

“I feel amazing,” one third-grade student said.

The initiative grew when a community member identified a need .

“Principal Nedria McClain here at Hays-Porter identified that the kids had enough school supplies and things—what they really needed were haircuts,” shared Michael Rucker with 7 Hills Church’s Overflow Ministries.

Rucker got in touch with his barber, Cornelius Bell, owner of Corn Cuttz in Pleasant Ridge, and asked for his help. The Barbers Give Back program was born.

When the initiative began five years ago, it had just two barbers. Bell has since recruited 12 barbers to the program.

“We’re all happy to come and help out,” Bell said. “When you look good, you feel good. You stand taller. There’s nothing wrong with passing that feeling on.”

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