ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville teenagers, armed with paint brushes, headed to the Riverside Drive business district last Friday in search of walls decorated with graffiti. These teenagers had something special in mind. It was to begin a restoration of several vandalized warehouse walls as a service project.
Thirty-five homeschooled athletes, who are members of the Western Carolina Athletic Association, descended upon the downtown river district Friday with their “paint kits,” obtained from Asheville Greenworks. “We are determined as an organization to make an impact on the Buncombe county community since we have been so blessed with the area’s resources in our homeschooling efforts,” said Kathy Kania, WCAA’s historian.
Asheville Greenworks provides Graffiti Removal Kits, which include paint, painting supplies and graffiti removal to neighborhoods and businesses that have been vandalized, for use in restoring vandalized property. Asheville Greenworks has also teamed up with the Asheville Police Department and Asheville-Buncombe CrimeStoppers to offer a $200 reward per tip that leads to a graffiti vandalism arrest. If you have a tip about graffiti vandalism, call CrimeStoppers at (828) 255-5050. All Buncombe county residents are encouraged to get involved in the Graffiti Prevention Program and can obtain kits by emailing [email protected].