For the fourth year in a row, children will have a chance to head back to school in style with free haircuts Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Mr. Baker’s Style Center, located at 1008 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite A, in Long Beach.
"Students want to start the new school year looking their best and we want to do our part to encourage our youth with added confidence," said Mike Baker, owner of Mr. Baker’s Style Center, in a statement.
In collaboration with Councilman Dee Andrews, 6th District, the salon is donating hair cuts for students in kindergarten through 8th grade to help with extra costs associated with returning to the classroom.
“Each year parents are hit with many back to school expenses such as school supplies, clothing, and activity fees. This year is especially hard with the economy still struggling to recover,” Andrews said in a statement. "This is an excellent opportunity for families to save money while preparing their children to return to school."
Also affecting families is the financial fate of the Long Beach Unified School District, which faces furlough days and budget cuts in the upcoming November elections, depending on whether voters approve Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiatives.
Amid uncerain funding, new school-year anxiety and rising costs of school supplies like calculators, protractors and pencils, students can at least scratch looking good off the list.
"This is why I decided to participate in this event,” Baker said in a statement. “We are not just giving back to the parents in our community but helping area youth go back to school feeling more confident with a new hair cut. "
For more information about the event, click here or call the office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.