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Grossmont H.S. gifted with vintage guitar after call for donations

Posted at 11:33 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 10:16:31-04

San Diego (KGTV)- A music teacher at Grossmont High School reached out to the community after students were in need of guitars for the upcoming school year. The students will be practicing distance learning.

Music teacher Jeremy Cook says the support has been overwhelming.

“The response from the community has been absolutely amazing. I’ve met so many people. I’ve driven across the county picking up the guitars,” says Cooke.

Cooke has received 117 guitars for students to practice.

“Last year we had upwards of 120 guitar students total,” says Cooke. “There’s a hope to be able to offer guitars to students who aren’t able to take the class.”

A couple of weeks ago, Cooke went to pick up a donation from a woman named Pam Anderson in Mission Hills.

“I took it back to my car and popped it open. I was flabbergasted at what was inside. It was a 1969 Fender Telecaster.”

These guitars range from $5,000 to $8,000. Cooke says he had to let Anderson know its value.

“She said that she appreciated the honesty, and she still wanted to donate the guitar to the school,” says Cooke. “It was her husband’s who passed away. She said she knew he would want the same thing.”

The guitar will be used for student performances and in the newly renovated music room when students are allowed back on campus.

Cooke says he appreciates all of the donations. As a thank you to Anderson, the teacher has set up a GoFund Me page to help her during the pandemic.

Cooke says there is still a need for guitars for the upcoming school year. If you would like to donate, email Cooke at jcooke@guhsd.net or message him on Instagram @covidguitars.