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Community Safety Network cleaning up the streets

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TOPPENISH, Wash.-- With law enforcement budgets being scaled back in areas across the country, more and more neighbors are trying to help within the community.

The Toppenish Community Safety Network, or CSN, has been working hard for the last 3 years, trying to clean up Toppenish and make it better for everyone who lives there.

Frank East, one of the groups board members, says it was created after 2 young boys were killed in Toppenish.

He says that their graffiti program has been successful in cleaning up 90% of the tagging around town.
They also work to raise money for scholarship funds, to help local high school students get to college.

East says that everyone needs to help clean up the community.

"We needed to begin to do something as a community together because the police can't do everything," said East. "We love our community, we love our children and we want them safe and secure."

CSN also works with many other organizations around the community working to create better crime free rental housing, and combating underage drinking.     

They're also about $7,000 away from building a skate park for the kids in town.

East says he loves Toppenish, and wants it to be a great community, and that's what CSN is working hard to do.