Story and Photographs by Ashlyn Blakely and Caroline Hemphill
The Spanish Club has recently brought the Pulsera Project to TC Roberson for the first time.
The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that educates and connects artists from Nicaragua and Guatemala with students in many U.S. schools. Nicaraguan and Guatemalan artists make their living through selling these colorful bracelets, called ‘pulseras’ in Spanish. One hundred percent of the proceeds that come from selling these bracelets in the United States go back to the artists.
Spanish Club member Sarah Lewis was the leader in bringing this project to Roberson.
“My friend from Chicago has the Pulsera Project at her school, and she got me one for Christmas last year, so I thought this would be a good thing for our school to participate in,” Lewis said.
Lewis had to go through the process of getting in touch with the Pulsera program, and then approving it with Roberson’s principal. After this approval, the bracelets were sent and the project was then scheduled to take place at Roberson from November 29 to December 13 in the cafeteria during lunches and smart period. The cost is five dollars for every bracelet purchased.
“Even though the project started today, it has been a good experience because people have come up to me and asked about the project and who it helps, and we’ve already made a few pre-sales,” Lewis said.