Northside Elementary School's Compassionate Weavers

Students at Northside Elementary School with teacher Betsy DelzerFrom a simple donation of a loom by an inspiring teacher, students at Northside Elementary School in Middleton, WI, became young activists of change by creating and selling 22 rugs to benefit GoodWeave USA.

Students ranging from kindergarten to the fifth grade used donated pieces of fabric and wove rugs during their free time—often during recess—for eight months creating what they called, "Freedom Rugs."

Art teacher, Ms. Betsy Delzer, donated her loom and used it to teach the students about the work GoodWeave does to rescue and provide educational opportunities to former child weavers in Nepal, India and Afghanistan, and in her own words, "how to create art that also creates compassion."

The rugs sold for $25 to $50 each and resulted in $850 at a local café with all of the rugs selling in the first 30 minutes—more than an hour before the scheduled end time. Delzer said she was particularly impressed with the leadership the students displayed and the exceptional quality of the rugs.

With every motivated educator that joins the cause and teaches about our work, GoodWeave comes another step closer to ending child labor.

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