Berkshire Money Management Welcomes New Community Development Director

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DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management, a locally based investment advisory firm, announces that Berkshire native Nichole Dupont has joined the firm's growing team of investment and business professionals.

Dupont is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant whose work has appeared in multiple regional and national publications including Berkshire Magazine, The Take, Rural Intelligence, the Berkshire Eagle, Newsday and the Huffington Post. She has also helped businesses and nonprofits — Simon's Rock college, Emma Willard School, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and many others— "find" their stories and bring this unique content to their branding vision, as well as websites, local and national media, and other public platforms.

"In order to accomplish our mission of helping people lead spectacular lives, we have to let them know everything we can do for them," BMM founder and CEO Allen Harris said. "Everyone comes to us for investment advice, but we do so much more. Nichole worked with us as a consultant for nearly three years, and she sees the passion we have for what we do. We always work well together, and seeing that she really gets us, we wanted her to join the BMM family."

Dupont earned her bachelor's in history from Clark University and has done extensive post-graduate work at Yale University (East Asian languages and literature) and Middlebury College (M.A. English). She lives in Sheffield with her two teenagers, Anna and Lucian. When she isn't combing over content or writing about local businesses (and food), she is an avid boxer — alongside her daughter - and trains Brazilian jiu jitsu with her son. She is also an extensive traveler and dabbles in multiple languages.

This is BMM's fourth hire in the last year, reflecting its growth as a result of the continued demands from local investors, including and especially business owners and decision makers, who want to make a lasting positive impact in the community.

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Reid Students Working to Make School 'No Place for Hate'

By Brittany Polito

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Reid Middle School students are collaborating to better inclusion efforts and fight bullying.

The school has received the "No Place for Hate" designation from the Anti-Defamation League and the student-lead team has made recommendations to Principal Michael Henault that will be incorporated in the next iteration of the school's improvement plan and turnaround efforts.

"This year has been a difficult year for kids in school and at home because of the pandemic, which is why we're doing this project was so important," student leader Lauren Asmah said. "We learned that by working together we can make changes I will help all of us."

The 2021 recommendations aim to make Reid a safer and more inclusive space for all students and were a combined effort with the peer leadership team and eighth-grade civics class. They were announced over the Zoom platform on Thursday.

The suggestions are that Reid: continues to work with ADL to raise awareness and build bridges of communication, understanding, and respect among all students regardless of their identity, build inclusive and safe space by developing more peer-to-peer support activities, promote a zero-tolerance message that the school is "no place for hate," and create two schoolwide, student-led events each year to address understanding and challenging bias and building allies.

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