Friday, 12 October 2018 14:52

“Cuts for Kids” at Barber School on Jackson

Torrus Brooks, Gen. Weirich and one happy customer. Torrus Brooks, Gen. Weirich and one happy customer.
Oct. 9, 2018 – Some 300 students from schools in the DA’s anti-truancy program Every DAy in School received free haircuts, school supplies and more Tuesday at “Cuts for Kids” sponsored by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and the Memphis Institute for Barbering.
The event at the barbering institute at 1309 Jackson Ave. also included salon services, dental screenings, ID cards, a Moon Bounce, food and drinks, and school supplies donated by the DA’s Office.
"This was such a great event for the kids and parents during fall break from school,” said Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich. “It also was an amazing display of generosity by many, many people and organizations.”
Those included Torrus Brooks, owner of the barbering institute, and sponsoring partners including The Craft Foundation, Firestone Dental, Saving Lost Kids, Krispy Kreme, Sam’s Club, Golden Institute and Walmart.
Event organizer Megan Pietrowski, director of community affairs for the DA’s office, said she hopes to have the event again next year.
Every DAy in School, formerly known as the DA’s Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program, places advocates from the DA’s office in participating schools every day to work the staff to monitor school attendance.
If a student gets close to five unexcused absences, the DA’s advocate will work with the parents or guardians to get students back in class and avoid prosecution.
As an added incentive, students with perfect attendance and no tardy days will receive a free bicycle at the end of the school year. This is the sixth year for the bicycle program.