The Iredell County Public Library donated a selection of books to help kickstart the new SPD literacy program.

SPD Violent Crimes Unit launches reading program

Posted at 9:57 AM on Mar 12, 2019

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The Statesville Police Department's Violent Crime Unit (VCU) is working with local barbers and beauty salons to start a new reading program for kids and teens ages 5-17. Similar programs exist in other areas and the VCU thought it could be a great community outreach for Statesville.

Members of the VCU took the idea to several local barbershops and beauty salons to see if there would be any interest and reported that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with several locations jumping on board immediately.

“Barbers & Kings and Stylists & Queens” will encourage reading by offering the incentive of discounted or free haircuts at participating locations. Kids and teens ages 5-17 will be able visit a participating location and receive a discounted haircut in exchange for reading to the barber or beautician for at least 15 minutes.

The SPD would like to send a huge "Thank you!" to the Iredell County Public Library for graciously donating a sizeable stack of books to help get the program up and running. There will be more information, including participating locations, released in the near future.

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If you are interested in offering the new reading incentive community outreach program, please contact the Violent Crime Unit at 704-878-3535.

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