LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A free barber shop at a middle school in Jefferson County Public Schools opened for business Tuesday morning.
Newburg Middle School's new barber shop, Kutz 4 Kidz, is adjacent to the school's cafeteria and offers free haircuts for students.
"We're not dedicating a hospital wing today, but what we're doing has a lot of impact to this community," said Scott Adell, executive director of the Jo Adell Foundation. "And it matters to these kids."
A ribbon-cutting was held for the new barber shop Tuesday morning. Immediately after that, barber CJ Carter gave the first haircut. The free haircuts for students will be offered two days a week.
The concept came together with the help of a Jo Adell Foundation sponsorship.
Adell is a graduate of Ballard High School who now plays professional baseball for the Los Angeles Angels. His mother is the principal of Newburg Middle School. He put together a special video that was played during the ribbon cutting.
The people behind the project said access to free haircuts will help build kids' self-esteem and confidence.
"Now that your hair is cut, you feel great," said Emmanuel Matsekeza, a seventh-grader at the school. "You feel like you can take on the world."
The one-chair shop is the first licensed barber shop in any Kentucky school. It will allow 12-15 students to make appointments each day the barber is in.
The staff at Newburg Middle School hopes the idea takes off and other schools in JCPS launch similar programs.
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