SPOKANE – A church group has been making guitar lessons available to school students across Spokane. At Holmes Elementary, the lessons are free.
Holmes Elementary is considered a lower-income school. The music teacher’s husband, Jon Meek, volunteered to bring his instruction to the school for free, and his church picket up the tab for the guitars. Meek said the students are giving up their time to learn the guitar.
“They’re coming in at 8:10 in the morning when they could be starting school late on Thursdays,” Meek said. “So they want to be here and they worked so hard to be here.
In fact, the fourth, fifth and sixth-grade students had to write essays to apply to be selected for the special program. They came up with meaningful reasons to be chosen.
“I think I should be in the guitar class because I am responsible and I could be here every day,” fourth grader Carter McLaughlin wrote.
“I have been trying to get into guitar lessons for a long time, but it’s too expensive,” fourth grader Angel Aeyre said. “Getting in for free would make my day.”
“I would love to play the guitar and hopefully after I learn, I’ll do it for a lifetime,” fourth grader Izabel Laffood said.
The students are nearly halfway through their 12-week course. Many of them hope to apply to participate in the class next year.