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Jake Schneider, 11, helms volunteers in cleaning up his community to remove graffiti and pick up litter.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - This is the second major volunteer cleanup Jake Schneider has put together. A young Gresham resident who has dedicated himself to busting graffiti across his community was back at it downtown after seeing some unsightly tagging.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Jake Schneider, a Dexter McCarty Middle Schooler, gathered a group of friends to remove graffiti in downtown Gresham Friday, Oct. 8.Jake Schneider, an 11-year-old seventh-grader at Dexter McCarty Middle School, gathered a group of friends to spend Friday morning, Oct. 8, removing graffiti and picking up litter.

"I had seen a bunch of graffiti and didn't think it was right," Schneider said. "It feels pretty good — we are going to continue doing this until everything is clean."

This is the second time Schneider has helmed such a sweeping cleanup. This summer he brought together a team of 30 volunteers to remove graffiti in downtown Gresham after presenting the problem before the City Council.

"Always follow your dreams," Schneider said. "You should move on ideas, don't keep them in your brain."

The best way to help make a dent in Gresham's graffiti is through the My Gresham App, which allows resident to report issues like potholes, graffiti, broken streetlights, homeless camps and more. Learn more online at greshamoregon.gov/About-My-Gresham/.


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