Teacher's ‘Books & Braids' salon being praised on social media

A woman's Facebook post about a teacher's unique program for her students has gone viral. 

Kelly Boswell shared a photo on Facebook earlier this month of her friend, Sara Medalen, who is a Title I teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School in Minor, North Dakota. In the picture, Medalen is braiding a little girl’s hair.

“[Medalen] invites girls to make a before-school appointment for a styling at her ‘Books and Braids’ salon,” Boswell said. “The student checks in at the salon and then reads to Sara while she combs and braids the child’s hair.”

Boswell said after the “appointment” the child walks away with a brand new comb, a fancy new do and some personal attention from a loving adult.

“What a beautiful low-stakes way to invite readers to read,” Boswell said. “Better yet, there's no silly stopwatches or unwanted stress. Just books and braids.”

Boswell then asked her Facebook followers how something similar could be provided for male students.

"Books and Bowties," one woman responded. "It's amazing how many little guys want to be young gentlemen if they're taught."

The photo of Medalen and the little girl has been shared more than 18,500 times.

“Thank you so much for sharing and thank to all for the sweet comments,” Medalen said on Facebook. “I keep looking at the number of likes and shares and envisioning schools across America opening Books & Braids salons. Then I think about all of the precious girls who will have some extra special one on one reading time. By the way, Books & Braids fills me up as much as it fills the girls up.”

Medalen then said she loves her job. 

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