Weavers raise money for water

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Hockinson — Spurred by one boy's interest in helping provide clean water to his birthplace of Ethiopia and beyond, a group of young students started a weaving group, where they sell their efforts and donate the profits to charity. Julie Barclay said her son, Noah, and other fifth-graders at Hockinson Heights Intermediate School first learned to weave in third grade after a classroom visit from artist Peggy Ross. A year later, Noah, who spent the first six years of his life in Ethiopia, learned about the safe drinking water nonprofit "charity: water." He and friends started Weaving for Water and have since made more than $1,800 for that charity by selling their weavings at $5 each, Barclay said. "The money from Weaving for Water has trickled all the way to Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Nepal," she said. About 75 children have participated in Weaving for Water, with much of the work done on small looms during downtime in teacher Nancy O'Neill-Bratt's class. Two other classrooms have participated, as well. "They have a genuine understanding of the need for being civic minded and thinking beyond the community we live in," Barclay said about the children's efforts.