February 10, 2017
Senior Giavanna Giangregio of Revere was a leader on the fire pit project.
REVERE — When Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical High School wanted to help disabled veterans, they turned to student Giavanna Giangregio to use her metal fabrication skills.
The senior at the Wakefield school used her metal fabrication skills to lead a team of students who created a fire pit which will be auctioned off at a Cabin Fever Party on Saturday, Feb. 18 at Anthony’s of Malden at 105 Canal St.
The event is a fundraiser for Boston’s Seventh Annual Wounded Vet Run on Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. Participants will take off from Boston Harley-Davidson on Squire Road in Revere.
The pit is 26 inches tall and made from carbon steel. It has a removable 15-inch top. Giangregio created the custom graphic of a motorcyclist that is affixed around the center screen, in honor of the charity bike event. Eight fellow students worked with her to complete the project.
William Williams, one of four metal fabrications instructors, suggested the project to the students after he noticed one of his friends who was selling fire pits was making a lot of money.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with the vets and show the kids what it’s like to give back to the community,” he said. “Gia cut out all the parts for the shapes. She took initiative and was really gung-ho about it.”
Williams said he didn’t know how much money the pit would raise, but has seen similar items sell online for about $500.
“This was a great opportunity for our students to use the skills they learned in class to create something that will benefit an extremely worthy cause,” said David DiBarri, superintendent of the school.
This year’s Vet Run will benefit U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Boyd, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Bouchard, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bre Sullivan and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kenny Butler.
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