It’s a deal you can’t beat — an Iowa barber traded free haircuts to kids if they would read to him while in his chair.

Courtney Holmes says he wanted to help kids read more — and because of that, he got an earful about proper nutrition from 9-year-old customer Tayshawn Kirby reading a book called “Fats, Oils and Sweets.”

Businesses, churches, and non-profit groups pitched in for Dubuque’s annual Back to School Bash, which included more than 100 people learning about before-and-after-school resources for kids and their parents.postman delivers books screenshot KSL

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Holmes the barber also got something out of it — the satisfaction of helping kids read, and the insight from Tayshawn that the average person eats 150 pounds of sugar every year.

(READ more, w/ photo, from the AP)  Photos by edenpictures, triviaqueen, and russelljsmith, CC – Story tip from Danielle Nunnally

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