Rachel Brown, the music teacher at Eastern Heights Middle School in Elyria, also a well-known musician and singer in the Cleveland area, has taken one of her students, Maykiah Grantham, with special needs under her wing and trained him in playing guitar.
Maykiah enjoyed it so much, he signed up for Brown’s class a second time just to get more playing time under her tutelage. Maykiah would regularly request use of a school guitar to practice at home. Brown received permission to post a request to her musician friends for a gently used guitar that could be donated to her student. The response was overwhelming and shared by many musicians on Facebook. Brown did receive a guitar for Maykiah and it was presented to him as a surprise Friday at Eastern Heights.