Bakersfield kids use 65 gallons of paint to cover graffiti on wall

Kids spend Spring Break helping community

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A building in east Bakersfield covered with graffiti was cleaned up today thanks to a group of kids.

Graffiti is a huge problem in the City of Bakersfield, but one young group aimed to make a difference and clean the mess while on their Spring Break.

"I'm here to paint over graffiti," said one of the students.  "That's helping our community.  A way that we can show the community that we do care."

A bus filled with middle school students from Canyon Hills Assembly of God removed the graffiti from the building.

"We have a lot of work to do," said a student. 

The key to their success was a sense of community.

"This is our town, our city," said another student.

Organizers said graffiti removal helps to build pride back into the community and these kids agree.

"I don't think it's good for these things to be here, that's why I took time off to paint over it to make it look better," said a student.

One of the volunteers was blind, but that didn't stop him from picking up a paintbrush.

The group worked with the city to pick the location that has been a hot spot for tagging.  The organizer said it's her mission to inspire change in the hearts of young people.

"Making a difference in their community, it's so important because we live in a generation, culture that's all about me," said Robin Robinson, the Junior High Youth Pastor. 

It took 65 gallons of paint to cover all the graffiti on the building at E. California Ave. and Washington Ave., and the city's anti-graffiti unit appreciates the groups effort.

"This is another part of our program that helps us in regards to, we are able to use volunteers for locations that we are not able to get to, such as sumps, block walls where our equipment can't get to," said Keith Howell from the Bakersfield Anti-Graffiti Department.

The anti-graffiti department is partnering with Keep Bakersfield Beautiful for the Great American Cleanup.  They are looking for volunteers to participate in the event scheduled for April 6.  Click on the link for more information about the event. http://www.keepbakersfieldbeautiful.us/kbb_calendar.html].

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