Students took initiative this winter by helping out a non-profit organization that aims to nationally spread bracelets, known as pulseras in Spanish, and bags, known as bolsas, which are made by people in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The sale of these items allows mothers in these countries to be able to work and take care of their children at the same time.
Spanish AP Language Teacher, Jorge Zamora, said that the purpose of participating in the Pulsera Project was “to help and empower the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala.” It also “[allowed] students to take ownership of the project and realize what is important,” he said.
About 140 GBS students participated in the initiative.
Spanish AP Language Teacher, Rachael Rothrauff, said that she was “impressed with how the students [presented in] other Spanish classes and had so many different ideas because this was all student-led.”Each bracelet contains a picture and the name of the person who made it, which creates a unique connection between the seller and buyer.
GBS participated in the Pulsera Project for the first time this year and the students were able to raise $3,564 (about 150 pulsera sales per day), which is in turn able to provide fair-trade employment and college education for the creators of these beautiful items. About 2,500 schools participated in the initiative nationally, but GBS was part of the small handful to have made such a successful sale and difference in the lives of those in need.
Tess Leden, a junior who participated in the Pulsera Project, said that she bought 14 pulseras for her family because of the holiday season, and the project “hit close to home” as she has family in Nicaragua. She also said that the project allowed her ”to realize how a small amount of money can mean so much to people” in other countries.