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An army of students battle graffiti near their school

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Children of all ages came together Saturday to form an anti-graffiti army, their target, the Northeast Yakima neighborhood surrounding Garfield Elementary.

Anxious hands load-up with fresh paint as volunteers took to the streets. Organized by the Northeast Neighborhood Block watch, the paint-out brought in people from all over Yakima.
Officer Jaime Gonzalez with the Yakima Police Athletic League helped organize the troops.

"We'll I'm pretty impressed you know we just kinda put it out last minute thing, we were expecting 20 to 25 people, we probably have close to 50 people," said Gonzalez.

The City of Yakima supplied the paint and rollers, while community members and the students from Garfield supplied the labor in full force.

"Cause I wanted to help the community and take off all this graffiti," said Gorge Alador, a sixth grade student.

"We want the neighborhood kids, people that live in the neighborhood to come out and do this and I think that's what we have today," said Gonzalez.

Painting over fences, walls and dumpster's the students move quickly to the next tagging, all ambitious to paint over more. Volunteers worked for two hours, but plan to hold even more
paint-outs as we move into spring.  

If you'd like to get involved with the Northeast Block watch, the group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 at YPAL.

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