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Robert Banks

Alabama Barber Offers Students Free Haircuts and School Supplies

On Aug. 5, Robert Banks, the manager at Perfect Line Barber Shop in Ensley, Alabama, offered free haircuts and backpacks to 100 kids in his community to help them get a fresh start on the upcoming school year. “Their appearance matter,” the barber said to local news station WBRC. “The first day of school is the best day of school.”

Banks used his own money for the third year to organize the Annual Back to School Support & Supplies event inside of his shop. He said the purpose of his generosity is to help boost kids’ confidence and show them their potential.

“In this community, we have a lack of education, high crime rate, so these children are our future,” said Banks. “So if we can give to the children now, and let them see us giving back, when they get older, they’ll give back. It’ll be a cycle. It’ll be a transformation.”

He wants the children to know they can live out all of their dreams whether that’s becoming a barber or mayor.

Banks also offers free haircuts to any student who maintains an A average throughout the year.

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.