Andrew Dys

York County barbershops give free back-to-school haircuts, class supplies

Any barber will tell you a clean haircut can make a kid feel great with school about to start.

Dozens of York County kids received free haircuts and school supplies Monday at three barbershops as the barbers donated their time to make sure that the kids start the year Thursday ready to learn.

Barbers at Platinum Cuts locations in Rock Hill and Fort Mill, and Kut Kreator in Rock Hill, have made the event an annual tradition – even fed the kids.

“We want all kids to be ready to learn and excel and this is our way to give back,” said Dre Robinson, one of the barbers at Platinum Cuts Rock Hill location.

Platinum Cuts on Saluda Street in Rock Hill was jammed with more than 30 kids Monday, all waiting for the latest and freshest style. Owner Adrian “Ace” McCrorey – whose shop was voted best barbershop in America by the Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards in 2015 – has held the free cuts and supplies event for 19 years.

McCrorey and all the employees at his shops in Rock Hill donated their barbering time Monday.

Barber Kelsey Howze said that every adult has something to offer a child to get ready to achieve in school – and for barbers it is a haircut and encouragement.

“Every one of us can do something to help a child be ready for school, to be ready to learn,” Howze said.

At Kut Kreator on Albright Road, owned by twin brothers Jovon and Cleavon Bradley, the barbers donated their skills, time and good will for the 10th year in a row. Like Platinum Cuts, the employees at Kut Kreator gave every child a book bag, school supplies and more.

At both shops, the kids waited their turns and were the centers of attention for the crowd. Kids know what is cool. When Isaiah Gomez, 6, got his new haircut at Platinum Cuts he said the words every barber wants to hear. “Good.”