Fresh Cut Fresh Start event provides free haircuts and school supplies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Sometimes kids need more than supplies to get ready for the start of school. Volunteers worked Sunday in the Jazz District and 18th and Vine to take away some of the back-to-school stress for students and parents.

Earl Smith spend Sunday passing on his passion to Kansas City students in need of a back-to-school haircut.

“When I first got my haircut, I love it. Loved it! That’s why I’m a barber today,” he said of Sunday’s back-to school initiative. “Not only are they getting haircuts, they’re getting their esteem and self-confidence ready for school, to receive an education. A haircut can do a lot.”

LaDonna Adams is president of the KnowJoey? Foundation.

“I think it’s a little bit more of a privilege for the parents because it kind of eases some of the weight off the parents,” said Adams.

She said it’s about peace of mind for parents and confidence for the kids.

“We don’t want a child to be sitting next to a child who seems like they have everything, then they’re not prepared,” said Adams.

Sunday’s initiative wasn’t just for the boys. Malia Dabbs is a beauty school student who spent her time painting fingernails for the little ladies who came out.

She said, “They’re happy, they’re like, ‘Oh I get my nails painted. I want ten different colors.’”

Organizers also offered immunizations at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Volunteers passed out school supplies, area restaurants provided food, and Kansas City firefighters were on hand to visit as well.

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