Community Herald: B.U.I.L.D: teens push harder for better tomorrow

High-energy techno fills a room at Fairview Junior High, transforming the class every Thursday into a circuit-style gym with body bars, a punching bag and yoga mats. A student leader bellows a countdown to a room of about 12 sweaty teenagers. It could be boot camp, but there’s far too many smiles.

“We’ve discussed peer pressure and drugs…he’s taught us to have respect in your life and to just treat people the way you want to be treated,” says Bret Piercey.

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Ellsworth is hoping to run a summer B.U.I.L.D. program in Fairview and Citadel Hill. For information email