Northside weaves a great tale

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Northside's efforts to help an international non-profit organization have been showcased on GoodWeave's website.

Northside students sold more than 20 rugs as part of a fundraiser at Prairie Cafe & Bakery in June.

Twelve rugs sold in the first 20 minutes and the last of the 22 rugs sold at 10:50 a.m., more than an hour before the scheduled end time, Northside art teacher Betsy Delzer said. The rugs cost $25 to $50 apiece.

All materials, including the loom, were donated. Anthropologie, a women's clothing store in the Hilldale Mall in Madison, donated enough fabric for five rugs, Delzer said. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade all worked on the rugs during recess or their free time from October to May, she said.

"It's just been an amazing and rewarding experience," Delzer said.

More than $850 was made through the sales. All of the proceeds were donated to GoodWeave, a non-profit organization that works to emancipate children in the rug industry in Third World countries. Good Weave's goal is to emancipate 1 million children by the end of the decade.

"It went great,'' Delzer said. "Congratulations to the artists and thanks for the generous and celebratory spirits out there. We can't wait to cut the check.''

Delzer said she was particularly impressed with the leadership the students displayed and the quality of the rugs. She also thanked the PTA for helping organe and taking donations on behalf of the students.

"Overall a tremendous way to end a school year, celebrating the art and compassion of our students,'' she said.