Local middle schoolers raise nearly $2,000, make 100 dolls for charity

EVANSTON — The Challenge Spanish students from Evanston Middle School and Davis Middle School have joined together to do some fun community service projects. The learning theme for the second quarter was “Poverty,” and the Spanish classes wanted to do something to give back and help people in need.

In December, both classes partnered with the Pulsera Project, a nonprofit organization that works with artisans from Central America to create fair trade jobs for their people. The artists create beautiful bracelets and purses for students from all over the United States to sell and return the money to the organization.

The Pulsera Project contributes to scholarships, community improvement projects and pays the weavers of these beautiful pieces. This year, the Challenge Spanish students raised almost $2,000 to help out with these worthy causes.

The EMS and DMS Challenge students also created yarn dolls to send with Dr. Nathan Lester and the staff at Bear River Dental to Guatemala when they go on their annual Hirsche Smiles Foundation trip to help underprivileged adults and children with dental care. The middle school students made almost 100 dolls to brighten the Central American children’s dental visit.   

The students are under the direction of Courtnie Link and Amy Velasquez. Both teachers said they are very proud of the efforts of their amazing students to make this world a better place.


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