Nostalgia: it’s hard to explain, but everyone feels it – whether it’s seeing Rugrats reruns or going to the drive-in movies. The Pulsera Project brings back the same feeling as the friendship bracelet you may have once had, but these bracelets do more than your average Silly Bandz; the Pulsera Project is a movement that sells “pulseras” handmade by Nicaraguan street kids to eventually help them have sustainable jobs and education. Headed by Olivia Bradley, Pinewood has endorsed the project and her students will begin selling them for five dollars on campus for a week in October.
Bradley, a teacher of five Spanish classes at Pinewood, has heavily promoted the project to her students, many of which spoke at an assembly to raise awareness for the cause.
“They’re basically trying to transform this area of Nicaragua so that they can be sustainable and continue to have jobs and not live in poverty,” Bradley said. The organization has already raised more than $1 million dollars to support the homeless kids and adults who make the bracelets. Selling the bands will be based completely on the initiative of the students.
“They have to know a little bit about the history of where they’re coming from; maybe a little bit about Nicaragua,” Bradley said. Students are in charge of publicizing, promoting, and selling the bracelets: efforts that require speaking at the school assembly, making posters, and having a real motivation for the people they are trying to help. The latter definitely seems evident among the project’s leaders.
“I volunteered to help support the less fortunate,” freshman and advocate of the project’s efforts Matthew Rowe said. “I feel like this will help people.”