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Kids clean up the city

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A group of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse painted over graffiti under the bridge near the Kane Street Community Gardens.

Tuesday afternoon, the kids worked with the La Crosse Police Department to remove spray paint from public areas that have been vandalized. Sherwin-Williams donated paint for the project that usually happens each summer.

It is all part of the La Crosse Police Department’s P.L.A.Y initiative which stands for Participating in the Lives of Area Youth. The program got started over 20 years ago as a way for law enforcement to encourage young people to be involved in the community.

“The kids have a lot of fun with this actually and they are really having a blast painting over it,” Officer Kurt Weaver said. “They know they are doing something good helping out and that gives them a sense of reward and accomplishment too.”

Weaver said in recent years there was been a decrease in vandalism, but unfortunately, the department saw a spike in graffiti this summer.

Dani Smith

News Producer

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