Spanish Language Students at Fairfax HS Support Pulsera Project
At Fairfax High, Bruni Herring’s Spanish 2 class is participating in the Pulsera Project, learning about the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala while also helping others. The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that began in 2009 when a group pf people travelling in Central America discovered some artists who make handwoven pulseras (bracelets). Because there is no market for the artists to sell them in their countries, the travelers decided to take the pulseras back to the United States to sell them on behalf of the artists. Since then, students and teachers from across the U.S. have been selling these works of art, helping to grow the project into what it is today. Nearly 200 artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala have employment because of this organization and the proceeds from these sales also help to fund scholarships, shelter support, and healthcare for the artisans. Herring says, “I was looking to do some type of cultural project and ‘stumbled’ onto this while looking at Pinterest. My students understand that these artists have spent countless hours making these bracelets and that we are not giving them a handout but helping to sell their goods.” She adds, “The project promotes that by sharing art, knowledge, and ideas across cultural lines, we can create a more ethical and colorful world, so we plan to color our school with these beautiful bracelets.” The sale runs through Monday, March 2 at Fairfax High. Contact news liaison Erin Molek at firstname.lastname@example.org.