Tis the season to give back, and community leaders and business owners are getting into the spirit of giving!

Dec. 9 2021

Progress Elementary School held a community event to provide male students with free haircuts courtesy of Ray J’s College of Hair. Students from the college visited Progress to cut the younger students’ hair. For fourth grader and running back Naheem Smith, getting a free haircut made a difference in his family’s household.

“My mom doesn’t have to pay for my haircut now,” he said. “Also, I’ll be able to look fresh for my football game this weekend!”

Fifth grader Malcolm Turner believes his new haircut will give him confidence for his upcoming birthday.

“This is a 10/10 experience,” he said.

The owner of the college, Raymond Cosey, said it is another way to give back to the community.

“Giving back to the community allows the college students to talk and inspire the elementary school students,” Cosey said. “This is about giving back and helping the community that needs help.”

Before the pandemic, Cosey and his students went to different schools — including McKinley High School — in East Baton Rouge Parish and cut the students’ hair.

Turner hopes the event will happen again for future students.

“I want it to happen again next year,” he said. “Even though I’m leaving next year, I want other students to look good, too.”

Find out more information about Ray J’s College of Hair.

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