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Students in Butte tackle graffiti problem for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

By Donovan Hill, KTVM Reporter, dhill@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 02:56:42 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 03:24:29 PM MST
BUTTE, Mont. -

Students from East Middle School agreed to volunteer their time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day tackling graffiti at one of Butte's more popular parks.

"I don't think it's right that the little kids should have to see the graffiti that the older kids do. It's not right that they do it, it's vandalism," said Aurora Kolpin, an eighth grader at East Middle School.

Braving the chilly weather, the students were excited about having the opportunity to honor Martin Luther King Jr. with service to the community.

"Well my hands are freezing and it's kind of hard work, but it’s worth it," added eighth grader Jared Tonkin.

Students said they've noticed graffiti all over town but didn't know exactly how damaging it was or how hard it is to remove it.

"It’s not coming off easy, it's very hard to scrub off," said Ryan Schultz.

The Butte-Silver Bow Community Enrichment Department supplied the students with all of the necessary tools and cleaning products.

"It’s fun to come out here and be with your classmates and have fun and clean up the community," said Tonkin.

Students who helped say it feels good to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back.

"He wasn't only about segregation, he was also about having a clean and healthy community," added Kolpin.

"Well it feels kind of good that you actually get to help out and everything," concluded Tonkin.

The Butte Police Department plans to crack down on vandalism as much as possible this year.