On Aug. 13, some students were preparing for the school year with the help of D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D). Mendelson sponsored haircuts and shape-ups for boys at the Davis Barbershop in Ward 8. This is the second year he has done this in partnership with the Davis family, who are national leaders in the barbering industry.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson teamed up with Davis Barbershop in Ward 8 to provide free back to school haircuts. (Courtesy photo)

“This is the right thing to do,” Mendelson told the AFRO. “Haircuts are expensive. These cuts will help parents use their money to pay for other things for their kids such as clothing and school supplies.”

LaTosha Williams is a resident of Ward 8 and brought three of her sons and one grandson to the barbershop for their free haircuts. Williams told the AFRO that she is thankful to Mendelson and the owners of Davis Barbershop for their help.

“This is a blessing for me,” she said. “I can now focus on buying their uniforms.”

Even though 13 non-traditional public schools in the District started classes on Aug. 14, traditional public schools are slated to begin on Aug. 21.