Dobie Pre-K Campus to Equip Labs with $25K Great Clips Donation

RISD Digital Media
Sep 18 · 2 min read

Dobie Pre-Kindergarten School received $25,000 from Great Clips as part of the hair salon franchise’s Back-to-School campaign.

Great Clips chose the Richardson ISD campus — which is in its first year as an exclusively pre-kindergarten facility — because of its emphasis on early childhood education coupled with the socioeconomic demographic makeup of the students.

Dobie Principal Kirstyn Hart plans to use the donation to fund lab classrooms that help push early childhood experiences and grow interpersonal skills. The classes are specifically designed for early education with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines in mind and provide a deeper dive into specific areas in a fun and engaging way.

“This donation will help us directly engage students with additional hands-on equipment in our lab classrooms,” Hart said. “Thanks to this amazing support from Great Clips, we’ll be able to see our students succeed in new ways this school year.”

There will be a new STEM lab, an imagination lab for oral language development, a creation lab for fine arts and a motor lab for gross motor and fine motor skills.

Additionally, the Great Clips donation will also help the school install sensory pathways in the hallways. Sensory pathways are decals on the floors and walls that help stimulate motors skills and brain growth and help students manage their emotions through touch.

“As students return to school, Great Clips is proud to give back to deserving schools and support programs across the U.S. and Canada,” Fred Grunewald said. He is a Great Clips franchisee and Dallas market co-op president. “We’re excited to support Dobie pre-kindergarten school in achieving their new vision of full-day pre-K and students in reaching success in and out of the classroom.”

This is the second year, Great Clips teamed with Monster Jam to support schools and communities across the U.S. and Canada with donations that can be used for supplies, enrichment programming or other critical needs.

Monster Jam driver Armando Castro was at Dobie this week, signing autographs and taking photos with the kids. Castro drives El Toro Loco.

In July, Great Clips pledged to donate $1 to schools for every download of the Great Clips Online Check-In app from Aug. 1 through Sept. 8 with a goal of donating $400,000. Grunewald said the campaign was a success, raising more than the targeted goal.

For more information about Great Clips’ Back-to-School campaign, visit

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