Barbers across Ypsilanti are taking an unconventional approach to combating illiteracy in the community. 89.1’s Lisa Barry spoke with filmmaker Andy Sacks, Ryan Griffin of Griff’s Unlimited Cutz, and Riley Peterson, also known as Riley the Barber, about a local program aimed at encouraging young children to read. And now, a local filmmaker has created a documentary about the program that will be shown locally and on public TV.
Griffin operates the program in his barber shop, where he gives children a two-dollar reward or a discount on their haircut for reading one of the many books available there.
Peterson was inspired by Griffin’s approach and is one of eight barbers in the Ypsilanti area who now offers the discount.
In addition to Griffin’s shop, other Ypsilanti barber shops participating in the program include Premium Cutz, The Fuller Cut, Tha Shopp, Next Level, Nife's Salon, Smitty's, and Stylez Unlimited.
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