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This Mariachi Program Is Helping Boost Attendance and Morale At A California Elementary School

Nestled deep in the San Fernando Valley is Pacoima, a Latino-heavy working-class Los Angeles-area neighborhood with high crime activity and poverty rate. But it’s not all gloom and doom in Pacoima. The neighborhood’s Haddon Avenue Elementary School has implemented engaging and playful learning opportunities for its young students through its STEAM-rich (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) academic programs. One of those enrichment clubs is its Woodcraft Rangers mariachi club.


The Woodcraft Rangers Mariachi Club is the only one of its kind in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

CREDIT: YouTube/Woodcraft RangersPhoto

There are currently 40 performers in the ensemble, aged 6 to 11, who are learning to play instruments found in traditional mariachi music.

CREDIT: YouTube/Woodcraft RangersPhoto

These pint-sized performers are so popular there’s a waiting list to join the club.

But the program is doing more than expose these kids to the arts — it’s also helping them to stay in school.

“One of the benefits that we’ve seen, is that the students that are participating, are doing better in class, and that’s significant for me as a principal because we want our kids to do better,” Ramos said.

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