Students offered free haircuts
BY JOHN H. WALKER
Friday, August 23, 2019
Students in need of fresh hairstyles before starting school on Monday can find opportunities for free styles this weekend.
The Edgecombe Community College Barbering and Cosmetology programs, part of Cosmetic Arts at the school, once again will be working to help students get ready to go back to school.
From 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, boys between the ages of 5-16 will be given free haircuts while girls in grades K-12 can get a free hairstyle. This is the fifth year for the program.
The barbering program, located on the Rocky Mount campus, will handle the boys while the cosmetology program, located on the Tarboro campus, will work with the girls.
Both Carolyn Sherrill, who heads up the cosmetology program, and Rufus McKoy, who leads the barbering program, said offering the back-to-school cuts is a way for the school, as well as students in the two programs, to give back to the community.
“I think it’s important,” McKoy said. “A fresh cut just makes you feel better … you just feel good with a fresh cut.”
McKoy said the program has proven to be popular, with more than 100 youngsters taking advantage of it the past couple of years.
“Going back to school with a fresh haircut boosts their motivation for returning to school,” he said.
McKoy said advanced students, who will be supervised, will provide the haircuts.
Sherill agreed with McKoy that the session can help send a youngster back to school with renewed energy and self-esteem.
“We knew there was a need for this service, and we wanted to give our students a chance to give back to the community,” she said.
Sherrill said the program also gives students a chance to work with the professional hairstylists helping out at the event.
Sherrill said having a fresh hairstyle helps girls feel better about going back to school.
Cosmetology professionals will work with students on the Tarboro campus, while barbers will work with advanced students on the Rocky Mount campus.
In addition, refreshments will be provided and members of the Rocky Mount Police Department will be on hand to give out school supplies to students.
For students who may miss this opportunity, the Cherry Entertainment Foundation will be sponsoring a free “Kutz for Kids” event at the Millennium Unisex Salon at 201 Marigold St. in Rocky Mount. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Youth entering grades K-12 are welcome to participate in this event. Station WPWZ 95.5 FM also will be participating in this event.
Staff writer Amelia Harper contributed to this report.