There are many yard sales held in Chelsea, but this may be the first from which a book is sprung.
Author and educator Stacy Amaral is pictured at the welcoming table for the yard sale that was held Saturday.
Chelsea resident Stacy Amaral and the weekly
adult English-Spanish class that she coordinates will use the proceeds from
last Saturday’s yard sale on Clark Avenue to write a new book about immigrants’
experiences in their home country and in Chelsea.
The group has received a grant from the
Chelsea Cultural Council. In order to meet the remaining expenses for the
publishing of the book, the group decided to hold a yard sale fundraiser. The
class itself is supported by Chelsea Community Connections.
For the book, Amaral will conduct individual
interviews with the members of the class. The residents are originally from
Puerto Rico, Honduras, El Salavador, Cape Verde, and Zambia.
“I’ll transcribe their interviews, write
them out, and then we’ll put the book together and get it printed,” said
Amaral. “It’s a wonderful group of people that I’m working with in this class.”
The name of the book will be “Estamos Aqui
(We Are Here.”
Clark University and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling. She was
a teacher and an adjustment counselor in the Worcester school system and
founded a dropout prevention program for Latino youth in Worcester.
She is an author who previously wrote
“Sharing Voices: Getting From There to Here.” She has also written articles for
Interestingly, there were many old books
being sold at the yard sale. There was also delicious Latino food items for
sale. Neighbors poured in to the yard to support the yard sale and wish
the well with its book project.
“We are grateful for the residents coming to
our yard sale,” said Amaral, who has lived in Chelsea for four years.
project is the building of a new garden at the corner of Marlboro and Willow
Streets. The effort is being funded by the Community Preservation Act.
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