Celebration gets kids ready, excited for school

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.

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