‘Books and Barbers’ combines learning and mentoring


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It might not seem like books and barbers would go together, but at Prince Cuts Barbershop it’s the perfect pair.

An elementary school teacher thought of the books and barbers idea.

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He noticed some students didn’t have a good male role model in their life and he wanted to change that.

That’s when he thought reading and mentoring could be combined into one.

“I’ve always wanted to start up a program just to have support for kids,” said Simon Vanderpool, elementary school teacher.

It didn’t take long for books and barbers to be in business.

Once Vanderpool came up with the idea, he immediately approached barbershop’s owner.

They both loved the idea and made it happen.

The program is for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Once kids make it to the barbershop, they get to pick out a book they want to read to the barber.

Kids get to keep the book and get barber shop will give them three dollars and sticker on their way out.

“It’s just building a trustworthy relationship with each other. So, the more that they do it, the more used to it that they get, and the more likely they are to want to read in school,” said Jordan Smith-Willis, barber.

The barbershop is in need of book donations.

If you would like to donate, you can contact Simon Vanderpool at (606)-304-1173.