New group cleans graffiti around White City

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WHITE CITY, Ore. — A new project has launched to clean graffiti in White City neighborhoods. 

The Graffiti Removal Achieving Community Empowerment (Project G.R.A.C.E) is collaborating with local police departments around the Rogue Valley as well as nonprofits.

“It’s to encourage the community to come together and you know, unite,” said Chris Valavala from District Behavior Inventions. “We can start the movement and we’re collaborating with a lot of other community members who want to start but we want the community out here in White City to maintain.”

The people involved met at a building for tutoring that is apart of Eagle Point School District, “Student Services.” Together, they began power-washing the signatures near the bathroom of the school and down neighborhood alleys.

Project G.R.A.C.E is a club based in White City and apart of White Mountain Middle School. Valavala said he wanted to begin in a familiar area. 

“We found out that, you know, this would be the good heart and centerWe’ve seen a huge uptick in graffiti out here. You know, the young children play amongst the playgrounds, they use the walking paths, just kind of clean up those areas. You know, a nice scenery.”

Although this is the first event the club has hosted, they plan on possibly expanding the clean up project throughout the Rogue Valley. 

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