ECC to provide free haircuts


Staff Writer

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Edgecombe Community College Cosmetics Arts Department is slated to sponsor a pair of events this weekend to help get students in style in preparation for the first day of school on Monday.

The ECC barbering program will offer free haircuts for boys ages 5-17 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cosmetic Arts Building on the Rocky Mount campus of Edgecombe Community College.

This is the fourth year the barbering division has offered this service free of charge to local students. 

“This is our way of reaching out to the community,” said Rufus McKoy, the barbering instructor at Edgecombe Community College. “We also do this at Christmas.”

McKoy feels haircuts are important at this time of year as students head off to school.

“We feel it is important to offer back-to-school cuts because it gives kids a fresh start,” McKoy said. “And going back to school with a fresh haircut boosts their motivation for returning to school. Last year, we had over 100 students come through.”

Haircuts will be supervised and will be provided by advanced students, McKoy said.

At the event, refreshments will be provided. Students will also receive free school supplies courtesy of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

This year, for the first time, girls will have a chance for a fresh new hairstyle as well.

The ECC Hairstyles for Girls event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Cosmetic Arts Buildings on both the college’s Rocky Mount and the Tarboro campuses. Girls entering grades K-12 can get a free hairstyle to start off the new school year right.

“We knew there was a need for this service and we wanted to give our students a chance to give back to the community,” said Carolyn Sherrill, the program chair for the Cosmetic Arts Department at the college. “This also gives our students a chance to work with other professional hairstylists who will be helping out at the event.”

Sherrill said having a fresh hairstyle helps girls feel better about going back to school. 

“A fresh hairstyle gives them more confidence on the first day,” Sherrill said. “They will hold their head up a little higher and feel more comfortable and more polished.”

The Reach Center of Rocky Mount is providing free backpacks at the event to help with school preparation as well. 

All services are free but will be offered on a first-come, first served basis, so Sherill advises families to arrive as early as possible for both events.