On May 22, 2010, a GREAT (Gang Resistance Education And Training) Cleanup, organized by Portland Police Officer Chris Burley (who was wounded in the tragic shooting incident the week before), saw 50 kids show up to paint out graffiti on a 600' long building.
Steve Brown from Associated Chemists, the building owner, provided 40 gallons of paint and 50 roller covers (and 4 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts). Everyone braved raindrops and hailstones and flashes of sunlight to paint out dozens of tags at this building on the Springwater Trail. They even had substantial paint left over they plan to use on other sites. Carey and Bert from Youth Employment, Inc, (YEI), our ongoing community youth workforce partner, provided other materials without which the team couldn't have done it - roller handles, extension poles and photo-reconnaissance of the building "before" the event
Photo by Marcia Dennis, Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Many thanks to Steve Brown, Officer Burley, Marcia Dennis, and all the youth volunteers. Well done!