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Haircuts for the Holidays: Local Barbers Give Back at West Early College

Dec. 22, 2016

West Early College school leaders and educators are sending students home for the holidays in style! On Dec. 20, 2016, local barbers gave free haircuts to more than 150 students at West Early College.

“We truly believe in the Whole Child,” said Ana Mendoza, the executive principal of the high school. “We know that our families struggle this time of year, and providing something as simple as a haircut cuts that cost for them, and makes our kids feel good about themselves.”

Dino Reyes, Jr., David Ramirez and Andre Black, all DPS alumni and school leaders at West Early College, organized the event. They first posted on social media to ask local barbers to volunteer their time to help ready students for the holidays. According to Reyes, a West High School alumnus, soon after local barber shops answered their call.

Eight barbers from Famous Fadez and Denver Barbers volunteered their services and set up stations in the hallway outside of the school’s gym. Black, an East High School alumnus, scheduled kids’ cuts while teammates swept floors and set a fun atmosphere for the students. Ramirez, a North High School alumnus and a DJ in his spare time, played music while students waited for their turn. According to these three school leaders, they organized the event to show students that they are loved.

“Young people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Reyes. “I want our young people to know how much we care.”

See the photos from the Chop it Up event here and a video on Facebook by West Early College during the event. For more information on the programs and supports at West Early College, visit