Third-Graders Protest Child Labor
Village Herald, April 4, 2002
Students in Rachelle Wolosoff's third-grade class at Waverly Park embarked on a study of child labor recently. The students watched a videotape produced by the American Federation of Teachers entitled "Lost Futures: The Problem of Child Labor," which introduces the subject of child labor and tells the story of a particular child in Pakistan who was enslaved. The lessons made the students aware of products that American consumers buy which are produced through child labor, such as carpets and rugs. The third-graders were concerned for their young counterparts and wanted to help. Three children, Cathy Aronin, Jolie Kemp and Ariel Wainer decided to draft letters to be signed by all the students at Waverly. These letters were distributed and received back signed by the entire school and attached to a letter written by Ms. Wolosoff to President Bush. The letters asked the President to do what he could to stop child labor and also asked for ways the students could be of further assistance.
In addition, the children entered a contest for which they made posters highlighting that "children need to be playing with toys, not making them." The poster advocated the protest against sweatshops and the child labor that often goes along with them.