Local Barbershop Owner Helps East Meck Students At Risk of Not Graduating

CHARLOTTE, NC – Each week you’ll find some students from East Mecklenburg High School getting their hair cut at Headlines Barber Shop.

Owner, Season Bennett learned last week that 14-16 students at East Meck were in danger of not receiving their Diploma.

“Not having their high school diploma that could really have an adverse effect on the rest of their life,” said Bennett.

The students completed all of their required course work, but according to CMS policy, a student won’t be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies or receive their diploma unless all of their financial obligations have been paid off.

For example, library fees, meal plan payments, or extracurricular costs could keep a student from graduating.

Bennett says most of the unpaid debts were from student’s participating in band. She was inspired by the donation of billionaire Robert Smith. He pledged to pay off the student loan debt of Morehouse University graduating seniors.

Bennett created a GoFundMe account with a goal of $4,500. Enough to cover the remaining balance for each of the East Mecklenburg High students at risk of not graduating.

“It’s good for them to know that we love them,” said Bennett, “We don’t know them. But we love them and we want them to succeed. ”