Fourth Graders Stitch Childrens Rights

by: Raffi Darrow, Ebytes Editor
Fourth graders brainstormed, drew and began stitching meaningful art pieces in the form of burlap tapestries this week. Guest artist and teacher Yvonne Moyer started a conversation with the fourth graders about rights vs. wants vs. needs, and the rights that children all around the world need to thrive. She then led the students through a stitchery project. 

Each student thought of one word that represented a right of children everywhere, something that can not be wrapped in a box but was meaningful to their heart - such as joy or kindness. They drew the word they felt accurately represented its meaning, and are now stitching their word on burlap tapestries. They learned how to thread a needle, tie a knot, and basic stitches such as a running stitch and chain stitch. 

Mrs. Moyer also brought a traveling exhibit made by her former students - large tapestry panels stitched over the past few years about Children’s Rights. Some topics depicted on the tapestry include the right to health, sanitation and medicine, the right to an education and the right to food, water and fresh air.

The idea for the tapestry came to Mrs. Moyer after seeing the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France last summer. Beautifully stitched and 1000 years old, she felt her students could create a “By-You” tapestry that had a positive message for all children. 

The By-You Tapestry on the Rights of All Children Everywhere will hang in the Lower School Dining Room for a few weeks. Sharing the tapestry allows students to examine the difference between “rights” and “wants,” as well as think about other children who may not have their basic needs or rights met. The tapestry is a way of speaking up for the children of the world who may not always be given a voice. Thank you Yvonne Moyer for helping the Chargers be a part of this mission.

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