DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — To get ready for the first day of school on Monday,  kids of all ages were invited to get a free haircut and free school supplies. Dayton’s Cutz for Kids Back to School event welcomed over 300 families to prepare them for the first day of school.

“The best thing a kid wants going back to school is looking fresh, so he can get his book bag, clothes and go in there with a fresh haircut,” said Kings Barber Shop Stylist Sawyer.

Kings Barber Shop and more set up their stations and got to cutting right away. 4th grade Madison Park Elementary Student Christopher says he’s been looking forward to his first day of school for weeks.

“I don’t really like summer at all, I like school, I get to read books and meet new teachers, meet new friends” said Christopher.

Since 2018, City G.E.A.R. has partnered with Hibbett and Nike to host Dayton’s Cutz for Kids Back to School event, a chance many families rely on before the semester starts.

“With inflation going up, money is a very tight issue,” said City G.E.A.R. Manager Will Watson. “For us to be giving out free supplies and free haircuts, that money can go towards something else as well.”>

When times are tough, City G.E.A.R. says it’s the tiniest things that can help families across the miami valley, free school supplies and a fresh haircut.

“We took the supplies part off so we can help them with their pockets,” said Watson.

The Dayton Cutz for Kids event is one of 19 being held across the country to get kids excited about the new school year and going back to campus in style.

“We are hosting Cutz For Kids at City Gear with our generous partners from Nike to send kids back to school in style with a cool new haircut,” Ben Knighten, Senior VP Operations, Hibbett, Inc., said. “One of our Associates came up with this concept about four years ago and it has been a great success.”