Police Officer Erik Thomas cuts out paper shapes for the wreath with Brayton students.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brayton Elementary students and city police officers worked together to make a giant wreath for the police station.
Last week, 40 students in Grade 6 worked with officers "hand in hand" to make the giant wreath out of paper hand cutouts.
"They are cutting out handprints and making one big wreath," teacher Donna Sadlowski said. "They wrote their names on each one and some have holiday greetings ... I think it is a good way to show that we are one community and we work together."
Sadlowski said "Cops and Kids Working Together Hand in Hand" is another project focused on fostering a relationship between the North Adams Police Department and city youth.
"We want them to see that the police are their friends and they shouldn’t be afraid of them," she said. "This shows the North Adams Police and the youth working hand in hand together."
Lt. Jason Wood said the wreath will be hung right in the lobby, so everyone can see it.
He added that it is important to stay connected with students.
"Like always we are trying to keep connected with them and keep building those bonds," he said. "We have to be consistent because as years pass by there are new kids and new faces."
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Biz Briefs: Tourists Hotel to be Honored at Celebrate the Berkshires Event
Tourists, the 48-room hotel that opened in North Adams in 2018, will receive the 2019 Putting the Berkshires on the Map honor in recognition of the substantial contribution that they have made to the Berkshire economy. This recognition will be presented at the 1Berkshires' ninth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 26 at Jiminy Peak.
"In the past 18 months, no property has garnered as much press or shone a light on the Berkshires more consistently than Tourists," said Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire said. "With over $15 million in private investment, this project has assembled and reimagined a diverse collection of properties that illuminate the deep and complex history of North Adams. They’ve developed relationships and opportunities with new investors to the region, and created an incredible experience for guests.”
Tourists is a hotel and riverside retreat inspired by the classic American roadside motor lodge, set in North Adams at the confluence of the Mohawk Trail, the Hoosic River and the Appalachian Trail. The property is a union of design and nature, home to woodland trails, riverbank vistas, sculptural installations, unique food experiences, and more. Since opening in August of 2018, Tourists has welcomed nearly 10,000 guests to North Adams, many on their first visit to the region.
In addition to honoring TOURISTS, 1Berkshire’s Celebrate the Berkshires will also showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several Trendsetter Award categories. The entire community is invited to come celebrate these achievements and commitments that have strengthened the local economy and helped the region grow. Visit the website to reserve tickets.
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