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Kids Receive Haircuts and School Supplies through Pair of Community Service Projects

(Left) PCC Instructor Rodney Bullock takes a break from cutting hair to pose for a photo with one of the youngsters who came out for the barber school's "50 Free" event. (Right) PCC's Jasmin Spain was pleased with the success of the "Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway 2017" drive that led to local children receiving haircuts and backpacks filled with school supplies in time for the start of a new school year.

WINTERVILLE—A pair of Pitt Community College community service projects last month were successful in providing school supplies and haircuts to local children in need, just days before the start of a new academic year in Pitt County.

Jasmin Spain, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Community Standards, said last week that the “Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway 2017” drive organized by the college’s Next Level Minority Male Success Initiative resulted in “haircuts and backpacks filled with supplies for more than 150 children.” The items, he said, were distributed Aug. 23 at Greenville’s DEFINE Barbershop, which helped sponsor the event along with The M.A.I.N. Initiative, LLC, and MasterMinds At Work, Inc.

“What a way to kick off the academic year,” Spain said, adding that the drive was just as successful in showing “youth in our community that we value them and stand by our word to ‘empower people for success.’”

Across town, students in PCC’s Barber School at Altitude Academy provided free haircuts and school supplies to children in grades K-12 as part of their program’s annual “50 Free” event on Aug. 24.

The goal, according to Instructor Rodney Bullock, was to provide at least 50 free haircuts. Mission accomplished, he said, noting that he and his 30 students ended up providing more than 80 haircuts during the event, along with food donations and school supplies.

According to Bullock, “50 Free” began on the heels of a national campaign against bullying. He and his students have carried on the tradition the week prior to each new school year ever since.