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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. Then get a free download of Ruth's Art Book and more resources here: http://www.edudesigns.org/blog/thank-you-for-caring/ Thank you so much for helping!

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.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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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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 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.

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 director@edudesigns.org 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!