Art students at Pulaski Street Elementary School are learning that art is more than just drawing and painting through a community service project that involves the restoration of broken guitars.
As part of the initiative, spearheaded by art teacher Bob Fallot, fifth- and sixth-graders spend their Wednesday and Thursday afternoons using screws, paint, wood and tools to repair dilapidated guitars.
Mr. Fallot, who learned to refurbish instruments by watching videos, obtains the guitars by bidding on them, paying as little as a penny for each one. Once the instruments are repaired, they are donated to organizations such as Hungryformusic.org, a nonprofit that distributes instruments to students in need. Earlier this year, several of the repaired guitars were sent to students in hurricane-damaged areas.