Building Hope is a new anti-bullying campaign in all Harrison County high schools

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One company is using an anti-bullying campaign to break stereotypes in teenagers and break stigmas in career choices. 

Building Hope with Bear Contracting is a new anti-bullying program that will be in all Harrison County high schools this year. The freshmen class works with volunteers and school counselors to reduce the negative effects of bullying. The program also works to educate students about the construction and oil and gas industry and the different paths students can take to get straight into the workforce. 

“It brings the kids together to get to know the inner makeup of their classmates. Way too often the kids stereotype each other and the program is designed to start 6-8 weeks into the school year,” said Mark Urso, president of Bear Contracting.

40 volunteers are needed at each school for the event. 

The schedule is as follows: 

  • September 24 at South Harrison High School
  • September 25 at Notre Dame High School
  • September 26 at Robert C. Byrd High School
  • October 1 at Lincoln High School
  • October 2 at Bridgeport High School
  • October 3 at Liberty High School

For more information on the event and ways to volunteer, visit or call 304-326-0160.

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