The school’s Spanish Honors Society brightened things up with its second annual service project selling colorful Pulsera bracelets to benefit youths in Nicaragua.
The word pulsera means bracelet in Spanish, according to Nicole Paci-Funk, the honors society’s adviser.
Last year, the group sold more than 300 bracelets, raising $1,645 for the Pulsera Project. Paci-Funk expects to raise about the same amount this year to benefit the nonprofit organization.
The Pulsera Project helps empower Nicaraguan artists through pulsera sales, creating fair-trade economic opportunities, Paci-Funk said.
Proceeds support community development projects, scholarships and many other programs that educate and empower young Nicaraguans, she said.
Greencastle-Antrim is the only school in the area to partner with the nonprofit organization, Paci-Funk said.
As she sat in front of a mound of brightly colored woven bracelets, sophomore Whitney Singhas studied one of the personalized tags on the bracelet.
“You can see who actually made the bracelet,” Singhas said, pointing to the tag that listed the name and the photo of the young artisan.
The bracelets sold for $5 and the handmade purses sold for $10.
Students from the honors society sold the hand-woven items during lunch periods for three weeks.
“I want to help these kids because I can see the potential in them, and they want bright futures and this will help them,” Singhas said. “With our help and positive influence, I believe they can take it into Nicaragua and they can help others like we are helping them.”
Sophomore Haley Kipe said the bracelets were moving quickly with the students.
“Sales have been really good,” she said. “People are attracted to the bright colors.”
Senior Michaela Bingaman spent $80 on the bracelets.
“When I first saw them, I thought it was a really good idea,” she said.
While she was a bit hesitant to spend $80 on bracelets, she talked to her mother and they agreed it was a worthwhile expense.
“I’m big on trying to give back, and I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer, so this was a way to help out,” Bingaman said.
It’s a great project, she said.
“I can wear the bracelets and give back to someone who needs it,” Bingaman said.
The students weren’t the only ones attracted by the Pulseras.
Gina Zehrung, clerical aide, couldn’t resist the woven purses — she bought two.
Last year, Zehrung bought bracelets for her nieces and nephews.
“They loved them,” she said. “What was cool was telling them the story that this was more than just something I picked up — that is was going to help someone.”
Now that her nieces are older, the purses caught her eye.
“I thought the purses would be something really cool — if I can bear to part with them,” she said.