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It was a joy to pick up the paper Friday and read that the Wenatchee School District’s mariachi program has received national recognition, again, this time in print. The story by Manuel Valdes of The Associated Press appeared in several newspapers, including USA Today. It was particularly good at emphasizing what we already know about the mariachi program — it builds character, it builds responsible citizens, it teaches what tests miss, it presents to students a world of possibilities that…

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