Several Glen Mills Barber Shop students recently had the chance to continue developing their skills and serve the community at the same time. Glen Mills Barber Shop instructor Jon Hicks and high-end Philadelphia shop owner Nicholas Berardi coordinated the project that enabled nearly three dozen students at the Pan American Academy Charter School in Philadelphia to get complimentary haircuts- just in time for the holidays.
Three Glen Mills barbers, including Gary Hendricks, three from Nic’s Grooming, and Berardi’s son Nick all contributed to the success of the event.
“That was a great day,” Hicks said. “Our guys hit it out of the park as their skills were on point and they demonstrated a mature commitment to the community at the same time. I am very proud of them.”
Hicks and his students were happy to lend a hand and put a smile on the faces of so many young people.
“That was a lot of fun and a great experience,” Hendricks said. “We had a great chance to help some kids and give them a nice haircut.”
Hicks appreciates the fact that Berardi helped facilitate the project.
“Nick is a great friend of the school and our barbering program,” Hicks added. “He is very supportive of what we do in the program and helps us provide even more opportunities to our young men- all with an eye towards giving back to the community.”
Berardi, who was impressed with the Glen Mills students and their skills, explained the origins of the project.
“The idea of going out of our salon to cut hair in the community started for us about six years ago and the results from those outings had a profound effect on our staff,” Berardi said. “So when the opportunity was presented, Glen Mills students came to mind, hoping they would get the same feelings of gratitude.”
Hendricks agreed they did.
“It was a very gratifying experience,” Hendricks concluded.
Berardi felt the trip’s benefits were immeasurable.
“I am convinced that this kind of exposure cannot be measured just by the feel-good feelings we all left with that day,” Berardi said. “I would bet the Glen Mills barbers were a couple of feet off the ground for a while because we all get more from giving. This was a true win win.”