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Eagle County student launches bead jewelry business to help non-profits

EDWARDS - Hannah Litt combined her passions for creating jewelry and helping others to launch Cute as a Bead.

The local 11 year old began creating and selling the jewelry earlier this year and has donated ever dime to three local charities: Jack's Place Cancer Caring House, Friends of Dance and Eagle County Charter Academy.

"When I started my hobby, instead of just giving pieces to my friends I decided to help local charities by selling my jewelry," said Hannah.

So far, her three chosen charities have received a few hundred dollars each.

Litt said she chose Jack's Place because she feels strongly about keeping families together even when someone is getting cancer treatment.

"I hope they'll use the money I donate to make everyone feel more at home," she said.

The Eagle County Charter Academy is building a new school and will spend its month on supplies like gym equipment.

She started dancing when she was 2 years old, so Friends of Dance was an easy choice.

"I've always looked up to the girls in company who work so hard, dancing six days a week," Litt said.

Litt is a fifth grader at Eagle County Charter Academy. She taught herself to wire and bead popular designs. When she's not in school or making jewelry she dances and performs with Vail Performing Arts Academy.

Her creations range from playful to sophisticated and can be worn by children and adults. Prices range from $20 for earrings to $30 for necklaces.

"I love introducing new ideas, so you really do get an original," she said.

Go to www.cuteasabead.com.


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