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Through mariachi music, Wash. students find path to college
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 1:15 AM EST
A school program in Washington state is using Mexico's mariachi music to push students into higher education.
Those eight students are children of farmworkers and could be the first among their families to attend college.
School officials say the class has helped students center themselves and has even helped graduation rates. It's not just for farmworker kids, however. Everyone's invited and some non-Latino kids have joined.
The group — dubbed "Mariachi Huenachi" for the Spanish phonetic spelling of Wenatchee — has played at Seattle Sounders games, in concerts with renowned mariachi bands and for Gov. Jay Inslee.