East Juniata High School participates in Pulsera Project

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“The Pulsera Project,” is an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Nicaraguan and Guatemalan artists. Spanish IV and V classes at McAlisterville, PA’s East Juniata High School recently took part in this strive for change.

The Pulsera Project has three main components: employ, educate and impact. The organization employs nearly 200 artists. Approximately 30 percent of Nicaraguans live on less than $2.00 per day, and over 75 percent of Guatemalans live below the poverty line. The project gives opportunities to artists in these conditions through the sale of hand-woven bracelets (“pulseras”).

“I think it’s amazing that our school can do so much through such a simple project,” said student TreOnna Goodling.

The Pulsera Project connects the pulsera artists with over 2,800 American schools, which sell pulseras while being educated on cultural awareness.

All Pulsera Project proceeds go to those who make the bracelets through housing programs, healthcare and scholarships.

“It spreads positivity and brings people together,” commented senior MiKaylee Leister.

East Juniata’s Spanish teacher, Ashley Cameron decided to have her two highest level classes participate in the project.

“I learned about the Pulsera Project three years ago, and we had a really positive response from the students,” said the second-time teacher participant. “The students and I thought it would be good to introduce East Juniata students to a project that positively affects the lives of artisans of Central America.”

“The Pulsera Project shows students a fun and easy way that they can help people in need,” commented student Margaret Edwards.

The students offered pulseras and bolsitas (purses) at school November 12-25 for $5 and $10 each, respectively, raising $1,801 by selling 327 pulseras out of the 500 they were sent and all 15 purses they were given.

For more information, visit: https://www.pulseraproject.org.