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Valuable Perspectives, Camaraderie, Highlight Cuts & Conversations at Brooklyn Scholars

Brooklyn Scholars Charter School recently partnered with the parent of a kindergartener and a local barber to host a unique initiative aimed at fostering mentorship, positive discussions, and a fresh start for young boys in the community. The event, dubbed Cuts & Conversations, featured local favorite barber Mr. Anthony, and Jeff Mitchell, whose child attends the school.
The event, which took place at the school premises, saw a collaborative effort to provide more than just haircuts. Fathers, educators, and Mr. Anthony came together to create an environment where young boys could not only receive a grooming session but also engage in meaningful conversations about academics, behavior, and life.

Student with new haircut.
The brainchild of Principal Roxanne Thomas, the event aimed to bridge the gap between academic institutions and the community, creating a space where young boys could connect with positive role models and receive guidance in a casual and comfortable setting.
Mr. Anthony, the local barber, generously donated his time and services, transforming the school space into a makeshift barbershop. As the buzzing of clippers filled the air, conversations about grades, behavior, and future aspirations unfolded. The boys, ranging from various grades, were not just getting haircuts; they were receiving encouragement and valuable insights from caring adults invested in their success.

Barber giving student a haircut.

The men shared anecdotes, wisdom, and advice on setting goals, making positive choices, and the importance of education. It was an opportunity for the boys to gain valuable perspectives from a diverse group of mentors who all shared a common goal – to see them thrive.
The boys left the event not only with fresh haircuts but also with a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment. The positive impact of this initiative extended beyond the physical transformations, as the young minds absorbed the encouragement and guidance shared by the mentors.

Events like Cuts & Conversations highlight the power of collaboration between schools, families, and local businesses in shaping a supportive community for our children. Brooklyn Scholars continues to pioneer innovative approaches to education, recognizing that a holistic approach to learning involves not only academic excellence but also the development of character, confidence, and a sense of community. It’s just one reason why the school has outperformed the local district for the past 11 years.
As the boys proudly showcased their new hairstyles, it was evident that Cuts & Conversations had left an indelible mark on their hearts and minds. This event serves as a shining example of how a simple idea, fueled by collaboration and care, can make a lasting impact on the lives of young individuals, setting them on a path towards success and self-discovery.  Principal Thomas hopes to create more community partnerships and extend Cuts & Conversations into a monthly series.

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About Brooklyn Scholars Charter School
Brooklyn Scholars Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes more than 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit

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