DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) -The Douglass Eastside Community Center in Duncan is opening its doors to adults who want to learn to play the piano.
The center's director, Shirley King, says the idea came from people at the center who expressed interest in music. She then applied for a grant to cover the costs, and to her surprise, the center not only received the grant, but the community stepped in and donated four pianos. On top of all of that, piano teacher Patty Jennings offered to give lessons for free.
"I love to see that gleam in their eyes when they get it. When the students really feel success, they feel accomplishment. I mean, the people out here are a hoot. I mean we have more fun," Jennings said.
Gwendolyn Lynn, one of the students, wanted to learn how to play the piano since she was a child. She says now she'll be able to do that and fulfill a lifelong dream.
"To be able to play in church and play anywhere. I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me, that's what the Lord says and I believe that," Lynn said.
Tuesday was Lynn's first piano lesson and she says it was all she hoped it would be.
The Douglass Eastside Community Center offers free lessons every Tuesday and Thursday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.