Greenville teacher stocks classroom with help from Great Clips - FOX Carolina 21

Greenville teacher stocks classroom with help from Great Clips

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MAULDIN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As students get ready to head back to school, for many it's time for a fresh haircut to start the year. Well, now some haircuts are helping upstate teachers fill their classrooms.

Experts say teachers across the country spend around a thousand bucks of their own money to make sure their students have what they need for the year.

Local Great Clips franchises are on board as the salon chain donates to "Adopt a Classroom," an online program that's helped at least one Greenville teacher stock up.

Adopt a classroom is a virtual space where teachers can request their own "wish lists." Some lower income schools may need basic supplies, others want to be able to provide their students with extras things that they don't feel they can ask lower-income families to buy.

Carolina High School visual arts teacher Jennifer Fox said she wanted to buy her AP art students things that would make them feel more professional as they took college level art classes.

She found "adopt a classroom" online, proposed a project, and started asking family and friends on social media for donations to help cover things that her budget doesn't.

Those things included portfolio bags, which former AP art student Olivia Adams said helped her carry her work, but also started conversations with her classmates at Carolina High School.

"Our peers were curious about, oh what are you carrying in that narrow black thing, what's in there? And they wanted to see what we were working on," said Adams.

Now, trimming hairs may mean more projects funded at Carolina High.

Back-to-school haircuts bump sales at the Great Clips in Mauldin up 20 percent, according to Monty Cash, the franchise owner.

So Cash said he wanted to use some of that cash to support his local community.

"On a national basis, studies show that the average teacher spends almost $1,000 out of their own pocket to provide for school supplies. So we've come up with a program to assist them and make a bridge in that gap," said Cash.

For every Android or iPhone Great Clips pre-check-in app downloaded, the salon donates money to Adopt a Classroom, and teachers like Fox can share their specific projects that need funding.

So whether it's art bins, portfolios, or mat boards, her students will feel the impact.

"There's just something about when you put your artwork in a mat. It adds the finishing touch that allows you to be able to say, OK, this drawing or this painting, this is finished. It's complete now," said Adams.

Great Clips also has a daily drawing in which people can enter their schools and they have a chance to win a hundred bucks.

For more about Great Clips' "Great List":

Adopt a Classroom:

Jennifer Fox's Carolina High School Adopt a Classroom page:

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