Mike Medina: “It’s sometimes good to write a letter, it’s sometimes good to turn a page. Exercise your eyes, your brain”

For a week in early September 2015, barber Mike Medina offered haircuts at 50 percent off to children who read out loud during the haircut at Fulton County Barbershop on Main Street in Gloversville, New York. On 1 September 2015, Trey Loucks, age eight, read out loud from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. After the haircut, Mr. Medina told Trey’s grandmother, Judy Loucks, “He’s a good reader, this one.” Ms. Loucks said about Mr. Medina’s reading promotion, “I think it’s a good idea. Kids need to be reading.” Celestine Togbe also brought in her three young children for haircuts that day. She and some of the other adults said that they make the children read before they are allowed on electronic devices such as tablets. Mr. Medina said, “It’s cool to stay with the times and have those little gadgets. I have them myself. But I always say it’s sometimes good to write a letter, it’s sometimes good to turn a page. Exercise your eyes, your brain.” He added about the children reading out loud, “A lot of them are shy about it, but I’m telling you, once you get a little conversation sparked and you show them that they really don’t have anything to be worried about or afraid about, they break right out of their shell.”

For Further Information: Kyle Adams, “Gloversville barber gives reading a boost.” The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, New York). 4 September 2015 <http://tinyurl.com/oegzcm7>.

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