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The students are Tessa Hanson, Aiden Hoogs, Elizabeth Kanz, Elliot Krantz, Brandon Macchi, Brady Mickle, Megan Mitchell, Collin Parker, Serena Rhind, Emily Roller, Nate Smith, Vova Tsyrkunou, and Ryan Williams.
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The "boo boo bags" are filled with coloring books, crayons, toys, finger puppets, and a comic book based on teacher Dan Sadlowski's book Finding Brooklyn.
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Nurse Cristina Lenfest came up with the project to help teach about health care and empathy.
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The students designed a logo to place on the outside of the bag.
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The students were welcomed with a reception by BMC staff.

Richmond Students Build 'Boo Boo Bags' For Children In The ER

By Andy McKeeveriBerkshires Staff
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The students delivered 200 boo boo bags to the hospital on Friday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Richmond Consolidated School cares.
 
They care about every child in the emergency room, scared and nervous. They want those children to feel like everything is going to be OK.
 
On Friday, 13 seventh-graders from the school piled out of the school bus in front of Berkshire Medical Center with arms full of care packages for those children.
 
The "boo boo bags" are filled with coloring books, crayons, toys, finger puppets and a comic book based on teacher Dan Sadlowski's book "Finding Brooklyn." The nurses in the emergency room now have 200 of those bags to help make their youngest patients feel comfortable.
 
"They come in, they're nervous, and all the nurses are running around trying to get something for the kids. We thought it would be a good project to create the boo boo bags," school nurse Cristina Lenfest said.
 
She said a child's first visit to the hospital is when "you are setting them up for a lifetime view of health care." Often, parents end up in such a rush to get the child there, they don't have time to pack up anything to entertain and calm the children.
 
Nurse Missy Abderrahim knows firsthand how much those bags could help put a child's mind at ease. But she hasn't had an organized effort to provide it in years. She said there was once a project in which senior citizens knitted blankets for children to hold, but that was years ago.
 
"We, as employees, have occasionally brought in stuff. We go to the dollar store and pick up a bunch of stuff, have a box. Or maybe there is a stuffed animal we could get a child," Abderrahim said.
 
Lenfest said she came up with the idea earlier this year. A friend of hers had a child in the emergency room elsewhere and had received a bag. She contacted Abderrahim to craft a project to not only create the boo boo bags but also teach the students about health care. Abderrahim came to the class to tell them about her profession and the work she does day in and day out.
 
"I went in there and stayed a little bit over because the kids were really into it. They all asked me questions. They just asked a million questions. They were so excited and interested and engaged in the class. There were always hands up to ask. It was a fun day," she said.
 
And then the seventh-graders put together the bags. Lenfest even incorporated a technology lesson by holding a contest in which each student designed a logo to stick on the bags, and the students voted on the best.
 
"It was nice because we worked with STEM and technology," Lenfest said.
 
When the class arrived, the hospital had set up a reception to thank the students. Nurses, doctors and administrators praised the students, saying they all made their jobs easier.
 
"We will use them," Abderrahim said. "We see a ton of kids in the ER. ... It will help."
 
Lenfest said she hopes the project will continue into the future. And she hopes it will instill the school's philosophy of caring for others.
 
"It is really creating empathy for others," she said.
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dc. 6-12

Enjoy sixteen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the on First Friday Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

The Office of Cultural Development will host its 5th annual Wreath Art Auction at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts during the First Friday festivities. Almost 50 hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind wreaths, kissing balls and table pieces will be available for purchase and auction following the lighting of the tree in Park Square. Enjoy music and refreshments at a preview reception starting at 5 p.m., followed by a live auction at 6:30 p.m. Grab-and-go options will be available. All funds raised at this event go to the South Congregational Church Food Pantry. Admission at the door is $10, or purchase tickets in advance at the Lichtenstein Center or by emailing slemme@cityofpittsfield.org. 

These events coincide with Downtown Pittsfield's 2nd annual Festive Frolic
, running on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Events include a North Pole Pub Crawl, snowman story time, ornament making, glow-in-the-dark Jingle Bell Rock, a craft fair, carolers, holiday lights, shopping opportunities and more!
 

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

 
Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company presents local singer-songwriters Billy Keane and Matt Cusson, who will join forces to kick off the season right, with holiday songs and lots of fun. 7 p.m. $20-$25. 
Plus...  
FRI North Pole Pub Crawl in Downtown Pittsfield FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow FRI Yule Jam at Hancock Shaker Village | FRI Grahm Sturz at Hotel on North | FRI JB's Acoustic Gravel at PortSmitt's | FRI Patient Zero Records Show at Crossroads | FRI Legacy at The A | SAT Dust Bowl Faeries at The Whitney | SAT Holidays Around the World Dinner at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Mike McMann at Proprietor's Lodge | SUN Service of Lessons & Carols at Hancock Shaker Village | MON Cabaret Workshop Performance at Berkshire Music School | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Vinyl Soul Night at Thistle & Mirth | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Holiday Lights at Arrowhead | THU Marc Black's History of the '50s & '60s at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU The Picky B's at Mission

  FAMILY FRIENDLY

SAT Visit with Santa at The Beacon Cinema
 
 
Visit with Santa at the Beacon Cinema as part of the Downtown Pittsfield Festive Frolic! This is a family event where children can have their photo taken with Santa by a professional photographer! In exchange, please donate a brand-new, unwrapped item to the Berkshire Community Action Council's Warm Clothing Program. See website for list of needed itemsIf you are unable to bring an item, a donation of $5 will be accepted by BCAC volunteers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Plus...
FRI WeeMuse Adventures at Berkshire Athenaeum FRI Screening of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at Berkshire Museum FRI-THU Parenting Classes & Play Groups at 18 Degrees SAT Festive Frolic Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT WeeMuse Art Lab at Berkshire Museum SAT FREE Kids' Crafts at Peace Train Tees SAT Chow Time at Berkshire Museum | SAT Make Holiday Ornaments at Berkshire Paint & Sip SAT We Can Be Heroes at Berkshire Museum SAT-SUN Brunch with Santa at Hancock Shaker Village SAT-SUN Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker at Barrington Stage SUN Discovery Tank Program at Berkshire Museum SUN Billy Budd in the Breadbox Audio Book Launch at Arrowhead | SUN Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Dottie's MON Tiny Tots Story Time at Berkshire Athenaeum MON Dungeons & Dragons at Berkshire Athenaeum TUE WeeMuse Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum TUE Graphic Novel Book Club at Berkshire Athenaeum WED WeeMuse Parent/Child STEM at Berkshire Museum THU Preschool Play & Learn at Berkshire Athenaeum THU Lego Club at Berkshire Athenaeum

  WELLNESS

SUN Restorative Yoga w/CBD Salve at BYDF
Join Amanda Marsh for a Restorative Yoga with CBD class at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness. You will be guided into a deeply relaxing restorative yoga flow, blending supported yoga postures, breathing techniques, and cannabis-infused salve to encourage letting go fully into each yoga posture. 5:30-7 p.m. $25 for the class and $65 for the class and salve. 
Plus...
FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Running Center | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Family YMCA | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness FRI-THU Various Classes at Radiance Yoga | FRI-THU Various Classes at Berkshire Salsa FRI-THU Various Classes at Pilates Fit SUN Restorative Yoga w/Massage at Radiance Yoga | MON Common Yoga at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Let's Keep It Moving at Knesset Israel

  COMMUNITY

SAT+ A Christmas Carol at The Colonial Theatre
Revel in the joy and redemptive power of A Christmas Carol, the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, an infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season. $29/$39. A sensory-friendly performance will be held held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Plus...
FRI-SUN Gingerbread House Contest at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT Holiday Craft Fair, Cookie Walk & Tag Sale at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT Lyme Alliance Meeting at Berkshire Athenaeum SAT-SUN Brunch with Santa at Hancock Shaker Village | SAT-SUN Cop on Top 10th Anniversary at Walmart SAT-SUN Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker at Barrington Stage | SUN Brunch w/Genna & Jess at Dottie's | SUN Gingerbread House Decorating Party at Dottie's | SUN Jazz Brunch at Hotel on North | SUN Berkshire Concert Choir at Berkshire Museum | SUN Hilltown Choral Society Holiday Concert at Zion Lutheran Church | SUN FREE Eagles Band Holiday Concert at First United Methodist | SUN Service of Lessons & Carols at Hancock Shaker Village | THU Open Swim at Gladys Allen Brigham Center | THU Holiday Lights at Arrowhead | THU Holiday Market at Dottie's

  LEARNING

TUE Paint "Holiday Pittsfield Park" at Paint & Sip
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