An East Harford hair salon is offering to sit in its chairs before students find a place at their desks.
With school just around the corner, Exclusive Cuts Barbershop helps young people in East Hartford transition into school with a fresh new look.
This is part of a program to make students feel confident in the classroom.
“It makes you feel comfortable. It makes you feel like I say ‘fresh’. So if I can help in that way, I’m more than happy to do so,” said Support Specialist Francheska Betancourt family at Synergy High School.
Betancourt pitched the idea to her husband, a barber at Exclusive Cuts, and the shop unanimously agreed to help. Local businesses have also banded together to donate food to staff, water and treats to students.
“Working at Synergy High School helps me help people in need. I have a range of students from high school students who have and students who don’t,” Betancourt said.
Monday will be first come, first served. Students will register at the door and receive a free backpack. Francheska also has what she calls, “a mini bodega” in her office to support her students throughout the year.
“So I provide soap, shampoo, deodorant, whatever I can for the students. If people have dietary needs, I also reach out to food banks,” Betancourt said.
The support doesn’t stop there. If students can’t come on Monday, East Hartford students can get their hair cut for free on Monday, August 22, just in time for the first day of school on Wednesday, August 24.
“I know people who don’t have money for a haircut, and we want to help everyone,” said barber and husband of Betancourt, Angel Morales.