Fourteen students from the Newark Central School District recently received free haircuts in the Lincoln School gymnasium during the first back-to-school haircuts and classroom supply drive.
Students from the five Newark schools got basic haircuts from Mason’s Barber Shop’s Justin Smith, Anthony Soto, Daniel True, and co-owners Rich Fernandez and Luis Rivera.
“Our goal was to give back to the community that has given us so much,” Fernandez and Rivera said. “The plan was easy — get some Team Mason’s members together and cut some hair. Then, we looked for sponsors. It really made us happy that so many people stepped forward to help, and donated time and money. This was the first of many events to come.”
Rivera and Fernandez credit their wives, Jenn Fernandez and Amanda Rivera, in getting permission to hold the event from Stephanie Miller, principal of Lincoln School. Both were teacher assistants at the school in 2018-19.
Wegmans donated bottled water, fruit and grain bars. BB’s Pizza provided two sheet pizzas, and Tradition Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC donated $250 to purchase classroom supplies. Market Alternatives LLC sent $100 to the Lincoln activity fund.
Premier Martial Arts instructor Spencer Lippert provided lessons before and after the students’ haircuts.
“The beginning of the school year can be challenging for all families as they gather school supplies and purchase new clothes,” Miller said. “Offering free haircuts was one way to lift a burden during an expensive time of year. Kudos to the barbers and their families who identified a need and took action. I anticipate this will become an annual event that continues to gain attention and more participants.”
Lincoln staff volunteered at the event, including teachers Eileen Bruns and Cara Colf as greeters; Elaine Erb, who made signs with her daughter, Ava; and TA Mary Lasecki, who signed students into the event.
Amanda Rivera said the event was advertised on social media and on the Lincoln website.
“We were pleased with the turnout and hope it will grow each year,’’ she said.