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Grossmont H.S. teacher seeking donated guitars for students

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 22:51:54-04

San Diego (KGTV)- As teachers come up with their virtual lesson plans for the upcoming school year, one local music teacher is turning to the community. Students at Grossmont High School need guitars for class.

"We'll have 80 students plus taking guitar this year," says teacher Jeremy Cooke. "It is vital for them to be able to play a guitar at home."

The high school is not able to provide an instrument for each student.

"We're a Title I school. So over half of our students get free or reduced lunch, and many can't afford their own guitar."

Cooke made a post on Facebook asking for the community to donate any used or new guitars. He says the response has been amazing. As of Monday afternoon, Cooke has received over 30 guitars. Many others are pledging to donate.

"I've been driving around the county picking up guitars, meeting the people who are donating, and its really neat to see, especially during these tough times."

As part of his distance learning plan, Cook has compiled multiple videos recorded over the years to help students learn to play the guitar.

Once the class is finished, the students will return the donated guitars to the school for others to use the following year.

Grossmont High School is still in need of more guitars. Cooke says he is accepting used and new acoustic or electric guitars for the upcoming school year. If you would like to donate email Cooke at jcooke@guhsd.net or message him on Instagram @covidguitars