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NORTH ADAMS >> A couple of years ago, Williamstown resident Petrea Mannello was ice skating at the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsfield and noticed how many kids seemed to lack warm winter clothing.
“It just didn’t settle right with me. I wanted to do something to help,” said Mannello, now 16. Recently having picked up the craft of knitting, she decided to make some hats. Ultimately, she donated 50 caps to be given out at the club.
This year, the Mount Greylock Regional High School junior wanted to help Northern Berkshire kids. Mayor Richard Alcombright met her and suggested Brayton Elementary School as a donation site. Last month, she delivered nearly 60 hats, made with yarn she’s bought using her own baby-sitting money. She said each hat takes her about four hours to make.
Brayton Principal John Franzoni, North Adams Public Schools Superintendent James Montepare and volunteer/parent programs coordinator Liz Urban were so thrilled by Mannello’s efforts that they’ll be honoring her next Monday during a school-wide assembly.
This summer, Mannello plans to offer a knitting workshop at the new North Adams Makerspace this summer, and hopes to inspire other youths to make caps and donate them.
See the story at The Berkshire Eagle