As many of you may know, November 1st was the start of our guitar club at the Boys and Girls Club in Berkeley Springs. A lot of preparation went into making sure this club would be a success from the get-go. Before we could get this club off the ground, we needed to approach the Boys and Girls Club about starting the program, find funding for the project, and search for a talented instructor.
We approached Chris Risinger, director of the Boys and Girls Club Berkeley Springs branch, about starting the program. After some planning and logistics, we were ready to find funding and the instructor. A local guitar player and youth group leader in Berkeley Springs, Jason Hiles, expressed interest in teaching the lessons. After he came on board with the project, finding money was the next step. We applied for and received a grant from a generous sponsor through the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation. This grant completely covered the costs to run the program for its first year, including the purchase of guitars, bags, tuners, straps and books. Without this donor, this program may not have been possible. Our thanks go out to the family foundation who so generously funded this program.
Pictured above are the absolutely beautiful Cort brand guitars we purchased for the kids. They sound as good as they look! If the kids who signed up for the program stick with it, these guitars are theirs to keep after the school year is over. We are very excited to see how these kids improve over the course of the year, not only with their guitar playing skills, but also with their overall self-esteem and performance in school. Stay tuned!