Free hair cuts at Back to School Jam give fresh start for school … – WTOC

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Several community groups partnered Saturday for Back to School Jam, giving away supplies and haircuts to prepare students for class.

Virginia College, TheCut Barbershop, E-93, Coastal Harbor Health Systems and the graduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. hosted the first-of-its-kind event, which gave away school supplies, backpacks, haircuts and hairstyling for free. 

“That means everything because preparing for back to school is very expensive,” Earlisa Hall said. “You know, luckily, I’m fortunate and I may have the help, but I know a lot of people who don’t have the help.”

Dozens of kids, like her son Rodney Carter Hall, got free haircuts to start the school year. While her son got his hair cut, Virginia College cosmetology students styled her daughter’s hair, also free of charge. 

Hall said the fresh haircuts represent the fresh start that comes with a new school year.

“This is like a clean slate,” Hall said. “We’re starting off the year correct. We’re getting these fresh haircuts. We’re getting these nice dos getting ready for school, so hopefully this can prepare the kids. When they start school on Thursday, we’ll be all on the right track.”

Dawan Trammel, owner of TheCut Barbershop, knows when you look good, you feel good, and for him, that starts with a haircut.

“I know that when I feel good, it’s probably because I just got a haircut,” said Trammel. “I can get a haircut when I’m sick, and I’ll probably still feel better.”

While giving away free haircuts may not be good business financially, Trammel said giving back to the community makes it worth it.

“A lot of people that heard that I was doing this, they thought I was crazy,” he said. “I was like no. This is when you do it. You send them back to school feeling good about themselves. They’re performing better in class, you know, because they know that they look good. It starts when you’re young. It’s not just when you’re going on your first interview as an adult. No, when you’re going to the first grade, and you know you got that fresh haircut, you’re like yeah. I’m loving this.”

Virginia college agrees it’s about setting up local students for success

“The first step in success is your appearance, and everybody says you have to make a very good first impression,” said Brian Bailey, Senior Admissions Representative for Virginia College. “So we want to be a part of that.”

Hall said this kind of community support of local kids means better performance in class and success for Savannah long-term.

“With the way things are going today in the community, it’s going to take all of the community to to help the kids because the kids are doing so many things that they’re not supposed to be doing. That old saying, it takes a village, truly, it it’s going to take the village and more to help steer our children in the right direction they need to go in,” said Hall.

Virginia College said Saturday was also an opportunity to expose young students to the idea of college and technical schooling as a goal after high school.

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