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Posted on: September 26, 2018

Building Hope

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Bear Contracting presents their “Building Hope” at Robert C. Byrd High School. Building Hope is an anti-bullying program available to all freshman students in Harrison County. Students participate in activities that break down stereotypical barriers and enlighten them to the life stories of their classmates.

The day consisted of activities that allowed the students to tell a bit of their story. Other activities such as “cross the line” gave students the opportunity to visualize how many of their peers were going through situations that were unknown to them. Presenters would call out certain situations and if that situation was relevant to a student they would then cross the line.  This deeper understanding of each other’s stories leads to an experience of empathy, which we believe is the greatest combatant to ignorance and mistreatment. Earlier this year, Robert C. Byrd High School was the first of now three schools to host Be the Difference, and the program happened for a second time at RCB in September of 2018.

The City of Clarksburg was represented by John Cooper, Superintendent of Parks; Annette Wright, City Clerk; Rick Scott, Fire Chief; William Swiger, Police Department; Kaitlin Bishop, Recreation Coordinator of Park Board; Anjelica D’Annunzio, Marketing & Communications; Terry Bell, Wastewater Treatment Plant; Paul Lehosit, Superintendent Wastewater Treatment Plant.

President of Bear Contracting Mark Urso stated his longtime friend and life coach Pete Bryant of Change Point mentioned the program to him and they immediately started brainstorming ideas on how to bring it to Harrison County. Mark initially approached Robert C. Byrd and both principals were immediately on board as well as Dr. Manchin of the School Board and the program has grown from there.

Mr. Urso stated he is trying to accomplish two things with this program: one of course is anti-bullying and the other is from a “building hope” stand point. He has many employees at his multiple companies that do not have degrees and wants students to know to not be down on themselves or lose hope. You can make a good living and contribute to society in many different ways and with many different talents than only what a degree offers.

Volunteer Paul Lehosit, Superintendent of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, stated “I was fortunate enough to attend the first bullying seminar at Robert C Byrd back in the spring of this year. I was surprised by the amount of pressure whether it be social or home these young freshman are under. As a group leader I was blessed to be able to hear their personal situations and was able to share with them some of my experiences.” He continued, “This program is wonderful that it helps the kids share some of their deepest problems and concerns and also aids in the healing process.”

Volunteer Coordinator Brady Lowther, an employee of Central Supply, stated, “As volunteer coordinator I am so proud of the community for coming out and supporting this event at RCB. There were relationships formed today that will last a lifetime. This was a really great day for Clarksburg.”

Assistant Principal of Robert C. Byrd, Scott Davis, concluded ““I believe that the program has allowed our students to truly see what everyone is going through and that they aren’t alone. I also think that our community member volunteers have seen that these kids need a ton of support and we as a school are always looking for their help.  I also saw kids affirming each other and that is a skill they must know to be happy and supportive members of society.”

Volunteers included representatives of the City of Clarksburg, EMS, Clarksburg Baptist Church, Central Supply and MVB Bank.

Building Hope will continue October 1, 2018 at Lincoln High School. October 2, 2018 at Bridgeport High School and October 3, 2018 at Liberty High School.

The City of Clarksburg is proud to support our children and participate in positive events like these.

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