On Saturday, Feb. 19, youths in five Pima Community College TRiO programs will volunteer to help the city’s graffiti abatement efforts.

For Pima United TRiO Volunteer Day, more than 110 students from TRiO Upward Bound programs at PCC’s Desert Vista, Downtown, East and Northwest campuses, as well as from the TRiO Educational Talent Search Program at Desert Vista Campus, will work with employees of Graffiti Protective Coatings, Inc., and residents of Keeling and Las Vistas neighborhoods to remove graffiti in those neighborhoods from about 9 a.m. to noon.

The neighborhoods are in City Ward III, served by City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich (Keeling) and City Ward V, served by City Councilman Richard Fimbres (Las Vistas). Graffiti Protective Coatings is contracted by the city of Tucson for graffiti abatement.

The student volunteers first will meet at Reid Park for an orientation, safety briefing and assignments to specific locations. After the work, at approximately 12:30 p.m., the TRiO students will return to Reid Park for a cookout sponsored by Sunflower Farmers Market (www.sfmarkets.com).

For more information, contact: Lupe Mercado, Graffiti Protective Coatings General Manager, lupels_2006@yahoo.com or (520) 406-1472, or Raquel Heiny of Sunflower Farmers Market at tuc1events@SFMarkets.com.

For more on all of PCC’s TRiO programs, visit www.pima.edu/kidsandteens. For more on the federal TRiO programs, visit www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio.

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