INDIANAPOLIS - As school starts once again, a community leader was pulling all of her resources together to get kids excited about hitting the books.
Gregory Kenny Sr. said higher self-esteem equals higher grades. He owns Kenny’s Academy of Barbering. They have been offering free haircuts for the Back-In-School Carnival Celebration since it started 16 years ago.
"I can remember all of the different things they did in our community when I was growing up and we can just relate to all of the good things happening," Kenny said.
Each year he makes it a point to give back and pulls together his team of barbers to volunteer at the celebration.
Each child comes with their parents to meet IPS teachers and administrators while enjoying food, games, a health fair, school supplies and a haircut -- all for free.
"That's just to encourage kids and let them know that education will raise them directly to success," organizer Sheryl Wise said.
Wise started the venture and works to pull sponsors like Kenny together each year. She said support continues to grow and helps to put students a cut above where they were before.
The Back-In-School Celebration will take place Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Julian D Coleman Academy.
Call 317-291-0338 to donate supplies or services.
DNR: Cool rains may shorten fall foliage season
The state Department of Natural Resources says the fall foliage season may be as colorful, but not as long, as usual.
Ball State assumes $12.6 million loss in fraud
The Ball State University board of trustees chairman has told the State Budget Committee the school believes it won't recover any more money…
Proposal sets new rules for pet sterilization
Tippecanoe County pet owners would be required to obtain a breeder's permit if they don't spay or neuter their pets under a proposal that's…
Man killed trying to cross road in wheelchair
A car hit and killed a pedestrian in a wheelchair Sunday night on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
Two injured, one killed in separate shootings
One was critical and another was in serious condition after a north-side shooting. Gunfire killed a third victim on the east side.
Ballard reveals Indy's safety plan for Ebola
Mayor Greg Ballard joined Indianapolis public safety officials Sunday to reveal the city's safety plan in the case that someone becomes…