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Red Lion Junior High students are learning to play the guitar thanks to a donation by local shop The Guitar Spot

In July 2016, Chad Ward was sitting at the front counter of his downtown Red Lion shop The Guitar Spot when Shane Mack, principal of Red Lion Area Junior High School walked in looking for new strings for one of his children.

Ward quickly got Mack what he needed, but Ward’s desire to “chat everybody up” led to a conversation between the two.

Within seconds, Ward learned of both Mack’s position at the district and the lack of a guitar program within the district’s music department.

“I just thought of it right there and told him I’d like to introduce a guitar in the school somehow,” Ward said.

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