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Councilman John G. Clamp reads anti-graffiti book to San Antonio youth

SAN ANTONIO, TX.- On Tuesday, July 9 at 9:00 a.m. Councilman John G. Clamp will read Graffiti in Tahiti, a book written by Victoria Wilson-Merritt, to children participating in Play Zone, a Parks and Recreation summer program at the Lou Hamilton Community Center located at 10700 Nacogdoches Road.

Councilman Clamp believes this book is a positive resource that raises awareness among children about the effects of vandalism before they succumb to peer-pressure. “Through this book, children can learn the importance of community service and how to become part of the solution, not the problem,” said Councilman Clamp.

Graffiti in Tahiti is the first and only children’s book that focuses on graffiti and vandalism. It was endorsed by nationally-recognized organizations in law enforcement, education and graffiti abatement.

Last year, the City’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department’s Graffiti Abatement program added six maintenance workers and a supervisor to increase graffiti abatement. Within the first three months of the 2008 fiscal year, the Graffiti Abatement program cleaned up 100.63 percent more graffiti than the first three months of the 2007 fiscal year.

This community outreach event was organized by Lisa McKenzie, Neighborhood Services Coordinator/Graffiti Abatement Program, Keep San Antonio Beautiful, the Park Police and SAPD SAFFE officers.

The Graffiti Abatement program is also coordinating the 5th Annual Graffiti Wipeout Volunteer Day on September 27. For more information visit, www.sanantonio.gov/graffiti/. 

Fuente: Gobierno Municipal