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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Printing & Publishing, Youth Development Programs

Mission: "EDU DESIGNS is dedicated to produce and distribute multimedia materials for the education, motivation and character development of children" We are "Building Brains And Hearts Through The ARTS!"

Results: Thousands of children and their parents get a positive impact from our outreach! We donate our time and materials to schools, teachers and students, including my Art Book, SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT! You can help too, by sharing our resources with others. Please click on "Write a Review" here: https://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/edu-designs to tell us how YOU think the arts help kids. See Ruth's Art Book and more resources here: http://www.edudesigns.org Thank you so much for caring for kids!

Target demographics: provide media for character development

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of students, parents and teachers.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Free Art Presentations, Books and materials and Parenting Tools. Founded by Emmy Award Winning Animation artist & Author Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, EDU DESIGNS provides tools for positive behavior and character development through the ARTS and through GoMommyGO®, a registered trademark of EDU DESIGNS.

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95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Dominique K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known Ruth, founder of Edu designs to help everyone she meets. I have witnessed her interacting with young mothers and fathers, and truly encouraging them and in the nicest way, reaching out and modeling good parenting to them. I would highly recommend Edu designs to any parents who are in need of great parenting skills. Ruth has made a special place for art education with this non-profit and kids LOVE it! The non-profit pairs visual aids with skills and resources, creating an easy way for parents and children to understand and communicate, that goes beyond language. I highly recommend this non-profit.

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Ruth Elliott THANK YOU, Dominique! I am so thankful for your stunning contribution to our animated project, "SOMEBODY NEEDS YOU" Your art has reached people all over the world! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/somebody-needs-you-needs-you/

1 WaterBuddy-Pufferfish

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ruthie is a consumate artist, creative, and wonderful people loving instructor!! She is a joy to the entire world! She has resourcefully joined with others to create a vibrant nonprofit, an evergreen reference book, a powerhouse of tools for teachers, and a safe place for moms to excel, children and families to enjoy nature and learn science. A powerhouse of wonder, surprise, fun and achievement if there ever was. I'm now a long term fan.

New Education Options has just worked in Sherman Oaks presenting her titles to the Church of the Chimes in their annual holiday boutique. I've just been on Ruth's online community "v-logger" show. Hope that across the So Cal area we can work with bookstores, schools, parks, and art stores to make sure that this marvelous work can expand our understanding of the gorgeous county and deserving biosphere where we live. Coast to mountain to river to desert....her instruction will connect us to woods, wildlife, proportion, and shading while having a marvelous time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDU Designs & Ruth Elliott have been a great resource in helping me raise my 5 children. Each are very different than the other. I can't thank Ruth enough for creating these designs to help our children as well as ourselves grow in positive ways!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Edu Designs Makes a big difference with schoolkids, helping them gain self confidence, as well as helping them academically, through Director Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon's inspired lessons. I love to see children blooming under her skilled guidance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful help in communicating with hard-to-reach kids through art.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you! You are helping, too!

Penelope M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ruth really loves children and cares so much about their future. I’m honored to know her and love what she brings to the world, so freely. She radiates a understanding that so few many do. And thr school presentations she brings to schools are equally incredible ! My daughter loves them and is fully engaged!

1 Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

I know Ruth Elliott personally. I can attest to the fact that she is totally dedicated to the cause that EDU Designs was created for. She pretty much spends her entire life in pursuit of ways to enrich others with her many experiences, her technological savvy, and the thought-provoking materials at her disposal. She is never "off stage". She lives and breathes "childrens' character development".

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Ruth Elliott 10/25/2019

You hit the nail on the head! Thank you so much! :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Arts are important for children's character development. Please continue your gallant and creative work in this vital area.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much for your kindness!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu Designs is a terrific nonprofit with a wonderful mission and an amazing leader in Ruth.

Nancy B.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You are doing a wonderful job! It is great to see groups that are helping others in the sad state of our nation at this time.

Lucille Beaulieu Krieger W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the best Ruth. ❤️ Blessings to all. All the best in your future endeavours!

1 Dana R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What EDU does for children and the community overall, far exceeds what is asked of them. There is a level of caring and compassion that matches concern for the arts. Ruthie and her crew go above and beyond the call. I love what EDU is doing. No question.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu Designs will help bring natural creativity out. Ruth is very caring, kind and real (this is very hard to find in this day and age). Art is exciting and fun! Edu Designs will help bring out the confidence in a child to find what art form is hiding inside them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

EDU designs is a great nonprofit that helps children make the connection between math and art. This expands the critical thinking skills of kids in which is a real-world skill that is valued by industry.
The lessons are engaging and fun and would be a great asset to classrooms in all 50 states. In KY we are experiencing the same problems of students having low math scores. EDU Designs can help children develop into the talented youth they are meant to be

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Edu Designs is amazing! Our students were given a wonderful opportunity to experience the art program. They were captivated and engaged throughout the entire experience. Our students not only learned about art, but were able to participate in hands on activities that required them to use their creativity and art skills. Thank you, again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

EDU Designs provided an invaluable opportunity for our students. Through an engaging art presentation our students learned the importance of creativity, perseverance, and how interpret and use visual information. In addition, they gained self confidence and a sense of accomplishment as they learned a new skill. Overall, a wonderful experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think Edu Designs work is important. Art gives students a chance to be creative. It can be a great outlet for anyone but certainly for kids. Their brains are not fully developed until years later.

While they are learning, formulating opinions and figuring out life, art would be a great way to express themselves. It is a great way to relax and can even help them to focus on a project.

Yes, Edu Designs work is really important. Besides there are not enough art classes in elementary schools. One obvious reason is funding. But Edu Designs does not provide services to make money. The company cares about kids.

Thank you Edu Designs for teaching and working with kids!

1 Julie O.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDU Designs is such a gift for young communities. Children aren’t getting enough creative outlets a lot of the time with cutbacks and busy schedules. Ruth Elliot gives children the much needed opportunity to express themselves creatively , thus building a stronger sense of identity and self confidence.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu Designs offers schools and parents a multiple resources and activities to engage students and support them in meeting their greatest potential. I had the pleasure to meet the person behind the company, Ruth Elliot-Hilsdon, who graciously spoke at the college and career day event at my school. We will definitely invite Ms. Hilsdon to host art assemblies for students and share positive behavior support strategies with the parent community. Art develops the mind as well as the soul and the journey young students begins with people like Ruth sharing her talents with the world.- Kathy Crowe, Principal, Almond Elementary School

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know of no more selfless and dedicated individual than Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon. Her Edu-Designs non-profit is committed to children, their parents and the fostering of positive communication. What could be more important, especially these days?

Kudos to Ruth. Edu Designs deserves everyone's direct and enthusiastic support.

1 Jennifer379

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ruth has an amazing ability to educate and engage people of all in ages in what she is passionate about. Two of those passions are children and art. I have seen her work with the most challenging students and bring a smile to their faces. Her educational experiences teach not just the students but the teachers in attendance as well. I admire her skills, wisdom and love for what she does. Whatever she undertakes she does well and with enthusiasm and integrity.

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Ruth Elliott 11/16/2018

Thank you so much, Jennifer! It is a tribute to your own enthusiasm for engaging children the way you do! :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The materials presented were outstanding. Students responded favorably to the information and the way it was presented. Ruth is a delightful soul, she loves what she does and is a people person. I especially appreciate her positive approach to nurturing children.

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edudesigns.org 09/30/2014

Thank you so much Jennifer! It was a pleasure! :) Ruth

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an illustrator and parent I say the more art the better!! Whether children are enjoying art or doing it, it expands their mind, imagination, and ability to focus for extended periods of time which translates to success in all areas of curriculum. Clever and well-done content that promotes empathy and goodwill is what we just can't have enough of. Go Edu Designs!

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Ruth Elliott 11/16/2018

I so appreciate your words and agree wholeheartedly! Children are better at focusing when they feel emotional connectedness! Art allows that to happen!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth is an absolute joy and a pleasure to work with! Art is essential, not only to the learning process, but to civilization as a whole. Art helps students use their creative imaginations when processing complex or abstract ideas. Art adds an element to learning that I believe is critical when grasping concepts that students may be struggling to understand. Art also adds esthetic beauty to a child's learning environment. Art also allows students to create and produce a product of all their hard work. Children respond to artwork on an emotional level that allows them to make a connection, and in turn bringing their creative imaginations to fruition. Art allows us to share our ideas in ways that transcend cultures and timelines. In essence, art is critical to our human development and human history. I can't imagine a learning environment without art. The work Ruth and her non-profit organization do is commendable and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your skills and talent with the children.

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Ruth Elliott 11/16/2018

Thank you so MUCH! I loved working with your students, and look forward to more opportunities to expand their horizons!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Why is Art important in grade school? Look at the faces of the students. Concentration. Focus. Enjoyment. Feelings of accomplishment. Nothing else teaches like the Creative Experience. Edu Designs understands this AND. IS. PASSIONATE.

1 Kirsten Ingrid O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I’ve never dealt with her for this part I’m sure she does a great job. She’s super friendly and helpful no doubt. I’m so happy to be her friend. Whenever I’m around her she makes me happy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth Elliott was amazing! Her character art lesson turned Saturday School into an engaging and encouraging experience for my sixth grade students. I was especially impressed with her patience and genuine interest in teaching my students how to sketch. Highly recommended!

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Ruth Elliott 10/25/2019

Thank you so much! I'm glad the kids enjoyed it as much as I did! :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The human person needs beauty and is naturally attracted to it. This makes beauty a privileged means of drawing the human heart to contemplate deeper truths. In a culture which emphasizes comfort, pleasure, and fun, we need to intentionally form our young people (and ourselves) to recognize and appreciate beauty. The mission of EDU Designs: "EDU DESIGNS is dedicated to produce and distribute multimedia materials for the education, motivation and character development of children" is meeting this need through art and stories - providing presentations and resources for even the poorest schools. Thank you for your good work!

1 Zahra D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic content! Edu Designs is led by not just first hand expertise, but sheer brilliance.

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Ruth Elliott 10/03/2018

OH, THANK YOU so much, Zahra! Your comment means so much to me! :) XOXO!

1 Debbie Parker K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDU Designs have such great works that inspire children to be good citizens, empathetic to others and lift self esteem. They do such wonderful teachings that our children would never ever think of bulling others but stepping out to be friends of the friendless. Thank you for your role in changing lives.

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Ruth Elliott 11/16/2018

THANK YOU, Debbie! :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent experience! Excellent people. They really know what they are doing.

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Ruth Elliott 10/30/2017

THANK YOU! LOVE TO ALL!

1 Nandita D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Edu Designs offers guidance and resources which are very practical, easy to use and effective. I work in India and find that these ideas can be used very well in children with special needs in our part of the world.

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Ruth Elliott 10/30/2017

THANK YOU, NANDITA! You are the best at what you do. Your words mean the world to me. BLESSINGS, Ruth

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Professional with expertise in this field

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I live and work in Goa in India, running a multidisciplinary child development and family guidance centre called Sethu, for children with developmental, behavioral, educational and emotional difficulties. What I love best about your website and newsletter is that they are filled with practical, realistic and backed-by-experience advice. I can apply your suggestions in resource poor environments. The families I work with often do not have the finances or access to professional services. However with your guidance, they feel empowered to do the best they can. We need more resources like Edu Designs that offer professional help without commercial interests in mind. Thank you for all you do!

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you SO much, Nandita! You are what makes living here on earth worthwhile to those around you. I know your love and sacrifice are appreciated by all who know you. Blessings and love to you for sharing your kindness with others.

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Ruth Elliott 10/30/2017

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Please contact me at [email protected] to see what more I can do. Bless You, Ruth

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I know Ruth Elliott personally. (I am married to her.) Every time we go out shopping she engages with parents and their kids, giving them the one-minute introduction to EDU designs and Gomommygo, handing out her behavior cards, and eliciting smiles and thank yous. When we are at home, Ruth is at the computer writing her latest motivation piece about hanging in there and remembering that no matter who you are or where you are, you have help. I have never known a person more dedicated to bringing her message to the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know Ruth Elliot personally to be an individual who is highly creative in the use of materials and different forms of media to teach children good, decent principles, and she is highly enthusiastic and dedicated to reach children with positive messages about themselves and others. Ruth imparts wisdom in what she writes for children and and what she writes to assist parents in their important role of raising their children to become their very best.

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Ruth Elliott 10/29/2017

Thank you for giving to others by your kindness and appreciation of what is most important for the future of all of us, as well as our children!

1 Mark H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years in a row, Ruth volunteered her time, teaching drawing and animation techniques to my students in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the best!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

And what fun we had! Thanks, Mark. :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ruth Elliot Hilsdon, founder of EDU DESIGNS is a unique and genuinely heart-centered person. I have known her for years and watched her raise her 7 children into socially aware and contributing adults.
As Director of EDU DESIGNS she continues to 'walk her talk' by selflessly sharing her knowledge, experience and expertise within the education system, giving children a creative foundation that enriches and balances their lives, today and in the future, and by extension, ours as well.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are a homeschooling family and I met Ms. Ellison in a store one day. She was incredibly kind and engaged the children providing them with some fun moments while running errands. She gave me her card and told me all about the resources the non-profit had available. It was especially helpful since my children are very interested in art. We were able to use a resource that would have been otherwise unavailable to us. Thank you!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

Thank you, Holli! It was great to meet you and share what we are doing. I am so proud of all you are doing for your kids. If only all parents were so dedicated, the world would be in better shape. And your efforts will make a difference in the future, for sure! :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found the YouTube video instructions to make a golden rectangle and golden spiral to be one of the most concise illustrations. Thank you.

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Ruth Elliott 10/11/2018

YAY! I'm so glad it helped someone! If anyone else needs it look here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLxmLo0Zlg8

2 Elissa Mae E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

New parent and grew up in a bad home that took years of therapy as well as going into psychology in college to get help I needed. This site as well as Ruth personally has helped me raise my little human to be smart, kind and creative. Giving her the best chances in life. Forever thankful!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

How wonderful to hear from you, Elissa Mae - and to see the joy that little one's life has brought to you! She is certainly a lucky girl. :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These unselfish and dedicated volunteers are making the world a better place. Thank you.!

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Professional with expertise in this field

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Ruth went way beyond my expectations when I ordered her printable art teaching book online and then emailed to find out how to access it when I couldn't find the link. She emailed me personally and asked what kind of work I did (I work with adults with developmental disabilities) and what types of resources I was looking for. She then sent me (totally free and unasked for) a number of resources she thought might be useful. Ruth is definitely not in this to make money and passionately believes in her work. I wish I was in a better position to support her organization financially.

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

Thank you so much! Your help means so much, and continues to bless others. I appreciate you! Ruth

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the books and videos from Edu Designs because it is such a positive way of showing my grandchildren how to be thoughtful and kind to other people and also themselves as well. With all the negativity in the world it is so very uplifting to have these resources available. Thank you! Susan Prince

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

THANK YOU, Sue! Your kindness is a blessing to everyone who knows you. Keep smiling! Love and hugs, Ruth

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Donor

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Good people. Good work. Good results. I like them very much!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent work with our kiddos! The world needs more people and organizations like this!

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you SO much! :)

2 Heidi73

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is good to know that there are still good people (and places) in this world. You guys are doing an awesome job! Keep on inspiring our children!

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

I appreciate your support! :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Art - and the arts can have such powerful benefits to all children. Many children go through school with limited access to art lessons, classes, and enrichment. Edu Designs provides these opportunities and I am so grateful that they do so.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Great of you to care for kids! I appreciate your support of our work!

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Ruth Elliott 10/28/2017

THANK YOU SO MUCH! :)

2 Lenore2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The arts are important to my child's schooling because he has special needs and art helps him and gives him an outlet to express himself.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

This is wonderful to hear, Lenore. Bless you and your son!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Ruth has done a great job in helping/inspiring kids - to become better people in society.
This has been through various arts and other cute videos or cartoons for many years.
She deserves a huge commendation for doing, what is many times, a thankless and hard task.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I appreciate you, too! :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EduDesigns has provided free art lessons to schools across the US. And they constantly provide character building tools and stories. What a great non-profit, so lucky they do what they do.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you SO much for your support! :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently saw a cartoon called “Somebody Needs You” from the talented folks over at Edu Designs, with the characters voiced by the legendary June Foray. It’s an inspiring short film about lending a hand to help out someone in need. I feel this is an important message that often gets lost, more so than ever these days. People forget about doing or looking for good deeds, as all of us tend to our own affairs and situations as we grow up. So it just feels good to be reminded about the kindness of strangers. That one good deed can make all the difference in a person’s day. And how anyone can make a difference. I love the cartoon for those heartwarming lessons. It represents what Edu Designs stands for in its noble goal of teaching children about the wonders of life through the art and power of animation.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Awesome of you to share your insights and observations in such depth. You are inspiring me, too!

3 Rishi4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The arts have never been not important. It is that plane where our spiritual, physical and mental selves converge.

EDU Designs has taken great leaps in creating "Somebody Needs Me". Capturing the innocence and true nature of a child helping others.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

I appreciate this! You must be a true artist to have such great understanding of what happens INSIDE of us when the Arts are involved! THANK YOU!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Edu Design is a great non profit producing artwork that is easily accessible to children (of all ages). A valuable use of creative talent and sage advice, it has a series of resources available that you will come back to over and over.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Wow! THANK YOU SO MUCH, Riccardo! I appreciate your kindness in sharing this with us!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I deal with lots of children of different age ranges and abilities.
Their range , scope and stories help to illustrate what we try
to teach our kids anyway, but the medium of animation and music
is a much better way of getting those messages across.
Ruths company Edu Designs really helps to get those messages
across and I want to thank them for helping me to help them.
Thanks Ruth.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Wow. What a nice thing to say. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great message and love the voices and the animation! Looking forward to seeing more!
[email protected]

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thank you so much, Dianne!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charming short video is perfect for young children who want to help others but don't feel empowered. The young character walks past several problems without realizing that she could help. Not until she picked up a fallen fruit from an elderly man's grocery bag and returned it does she realize she can help. Small acts of kindness are so easy to do, and the gratitude given encourages young children to help more often.
The video is just right for a young child- it has no distractions from the theme and the colors and music used are pleasant.
This is, in my opinion, perfect for preschool and younger primary school children.

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Thanks so much for watching "Somebody NEEDS You!". So happy you feel kids will 'get' the message!

3 Sinead N.

General Member of the Public

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What a wonderful idea and concept. I love the beautiful simple message behind this project. Regardless of you age or ability there is always something you can do to help. This is something I try to instill in my children and I can share this video with them to show them how opportunities can present themselves by just opening their minds and hearts

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Ruth Elliott 10/20/2016

Just what I love to hear! So glad it hit the mark!

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General Member of the Public

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I read what you posted this morning and feel that it would be perfect to use during one of my 4th grade Leadership Team meetings at my school. Though I am "officially" a kindergarten teacher, I started the team 3 years ago because I felt the need for the diverse student population in my school to be taught leadership skills at a younger age. Thanks for your email!

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edudesigns.org 10/22/2014

Thank you so much for your own leadership skills, which I am sure will be an inspiration to the students you serve! Please contact me personally at: [email protected] to receive the Art Book download I promised you!

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I turn to Ruth often in my work with behaviorally challenged children and their families. I love the positive approach and simple charts. Thank you.

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edudesigns.org 10/22/2014

Thank you very much for doing everything you do to help the children! I know it makes a difference. Please contact me personally at: [email protected] to receive a download of my Art Book for children.

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General Member of the Public

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Ruth Elliot is amazing, She is the giving Tree. Super mom. To be in her presents is so nice, she makes you feel at ease and pleasant.

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edudesigns.org 10/05/2014

Thank you so much, John. You can tell a tree by it's fruits and it takes one to know one! I appreciate you, too! Ruth

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As a member of the board, I can personally say I've never met anyone as dedicated to a cause as Ruth Elliot. She has given so much of her own time and money to this project, one that she believes in wholeheartedly. EDU Designs is a personal project spawned from her desire to help the children of the world. While highly ambitious, she has never faltered, and I have nothing but respect for her and her organization.

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edudesigns.org 09/26/2014

Each person makes a difference. Your help is invaluable! Thank you for your 'Vote of confidence!' :)

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As a master life coach and parenting mentor I love to refer my Super Moms Coaching tribe to EDU DESIGNS! It's so important for parents to spell out clearly what they expect from their children and REWARD them for their obedience. EDU DESIGNS have engaging chore charts ready made with built-in incentives. Excellent resource for parents!

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edudesigns.org 09/25/2014

Thanks so MUCH for referring other moms to our resources! I appreciate you! Blessings, Ruth

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EDU DESIGNS aims at introducing and fomenting art aimed at children, a task made essential given the drastic cuts to the arts curriculum in so many school systems. Ruth Elliot, the spark plug powering EDU DESIGNS is truly dedicated to not only bring art to children but also helping parents to participate; in the process building a bond between parents and children

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edudesigns.org 09/25/2014

Thank you SO much for sharing your kind words and adding insight to the process of what we are doing to help children's character development. I appreciate you! Ruth

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Thank-you so much for all the great ideas. When I feel at a loss as to how to handle a situation with my grandchildren your website is invaluable. I have more confidence with the information you provide to help them feel loved by my awareness of their needs and to give them that support.

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you so much, Carri! Your comment means a lot to me! I tried to find an email address to send you your copy of SEE WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT! - my Art textbook for children, but it didn't show up when I clicked your name. Please email me here and I will send your free download: [email protected] THANKS AGAIN! Ruth

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I am a Cognitive Therapist and work with children and teens having ODD, CD, AD/HD coupled with emotional problems. The behavior charts Ruth offers work marvelously in maintaining the objectives and reaching the goals of children.
Thank you Ruth for all your work.

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you so much Safa! I appreciate all you are doing for kids, and so glad my behavior charts are helping! Best, Ruth

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As a Special Education Teacher (SDC-high school), I was deeply impressed with how Ruth was able to actively engage my students with art projects and music. The lessons were valuable, fun, and rewarding for the students. I strongly strongly recommend Ruth for art lessons, art books, or anything related to this. If she can actively engage approximately 20 students with severe developmental delays, low attention spans, and difficulties with holding pencils for over 90 minutes, I cannot help but wonder how much other populations would love this!!! Highest recommendation!!!!!

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edudesigns.org 09/24/2014

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share with your students. It was a joy to see how much they got involved in the lessons and had fun, too! You are doing a great service to the world. I applaud you, as well!

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This past Sunday (9/12/2014) the New York Times ran "The Way to Beat Poverty" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. As I read, I was reminded of Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon's work with young parents and their children through EduDesigns, and her emphasis on encouragement, communication, and especially physical affection.

Kristof and WuDunn write: "A series of studies have found similar patterns in humans. Scientists can measure cortisol in an infant’s saliva, and babies turn out to be easily stressed. Anything from loud noises to hunger to a soiled diaper floods the child’s brain with cortisol. But when Mom or Dad hugs the child, the stress and cortisol almost disappear...Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff, founder of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University...argues that the constant bath of cortisol in a high-stress infancy prepares the child for a high-risk environment. The cortisol affects brain structures so that those individuals are on a fight-or-flight hair trigger throughout life, an adaptation that might have been useful in prehistory. But in today’s world, the result is schoolchildren who are so alert to danger that they cannot concentrate. They are also so suspicious of others that they are prone to pre-emptive aggression." SOURCE:

In an economic environment in which support programs for at-risk mothers are being cut back rather than expanded, Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon steps in with simple, nurturing and profoundly empowering help.

These young people and their babies are our future. Thanks to EduDesigns, that future is a little brighter for all of us.

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edudesigns.org 09/17/2014

The article is profound. Good to know I'm on the right track! Thank you, CGBlick. Here's the link to it: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/opinion/sunday/nicholas-kristof-the-way-to-beat-poverty.html

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edudesigns.org 09/17/2014

PS - Thank you, CGBlick - for also referencing my blog on the importance of HUGS! http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/hugs/

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Dear Ruth Elliott-Hilsdon, Thank you for giving us the opportunity to copies some of your books for the past one year. We want you to know that we have appreciated your humanitarian works. Your cooperation has helped us run smoothly and has led to establish new NGO Reward Foundation Ghana. We look forward to many more years of mutually beneficial association and wish your organization the success that it deserves. Thanks
Eric Ansah
Ghana West Africa.