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Nazareth school gets 7 guitars, $5k grant from Martin Guitar

NAZARETH, Pa. - A Catholic school in Nazareth received seven new guitars and a $5,000 grant.

Holy Family School received a $5,000 grant from the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation and seven new student guitars made at the Martin Guitar Co. in Nazareth.

The grant will help to fund guitar lessons at the school and the guitars are valued at more than $300 each.

“It’s something that we weren’t able to offer before,” said Christine Bruce, the school’s principal. “This just adds one more feather to our cap.”

Holy Family School provides instrument lessons for all of the band instruments and violin, but until now, guitar was not possible.

In addition to the grant, HFS received an eighth guitar as a donation from Guitar Villa, also in Nazareth.

Its owner, John Slog, is an alumni of HFS and wanted to make the lessons possible for another child. One of his employees, Mackenzie Lynch-Brown, is teaching the 50-minute lessons, which started on Jan. 16.

“He’s a great young man,” Bruce said. “He was so willing to teach the lessons that he said he would come twice a week.”

Only students in fourth through seventh grade, who do not already study an instrument, were eligible for lessons.

Bruce said she wanted to make instrument lessons in general available to as many children as possible in the school and for the children to have least two years of lessons before they graduate from the school.

The students were very excited to see the new guitars and hold them. They couldn’t resist strumming the strings in the school’s chapel.

“They were so enamored with their guitars,” Bruce said. “They heard them saying, ‘I love this. I just love this’.”

The grant was also made possible through the efforts of Bruce Mariano, who told the school about it and delivered the guitars and the check to the school when the grant was awarded.


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