Peekskill High School art students raised $500 for Ugandan women by making and selling bead bracelets. Read below for more information from the school district on the initiative:
Inspired by a life-transforming cottage industry benefiting women in Uganda, Peekskill High School art students and their teachers used African bead-making techniques to create beautiful bracelets; proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will benefit social programs for women in Uganda.
“We accomplished two major goals with this project,” explains art teacher Heather Brown. “The beads are made from recycled material – old magazines – and so the students learned to reuse a product and create something beautiful with just their imaginations and some effort.” In addition, the students have learned about the African country of Uganda and the life of people in poverty there. Bead for Life is a charity founded in 2004 that helps women in Uganda become self-sufficient through jewelry-making and education programs. “We developed our bead-making technique based on the Bead for Life program,” explains art teacher Liz Damiano, “and all the proceeds from the bracelets we sell will be donated to that charity.” Art teacher Sarah Soyko also participated in the project.
In addition, the students learned that bead and bracelet making is a complex, multi-step process that takes creativity and also patience and fine motor skills. Student Christian Vele explains, “We use a template to cut out the bead shape, then roll the beads, shellac them, and when we have enough, string them to make the bracelet.”
The bracelets were sold for $10.00 each in the Peekskill High School main office and about $500 was raised. For more information about Bead for Life, go to their website at www.beadforlife.org
Photo of student-made bead bracelets courtesy of Peekskill City School District.