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Graffiti Busters back from Winter break in Portland

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Graffiti Busters are back from winter break and tackling tagged buildings in Portland.

 The service is free for anyone who needs it, thanks to the non-profit LearningWorks, which provides education services for the city's immigrant, low-income, and at-risk populations.

LearningWorks contracts with the city for supplies and turns to teens for the labor.

As many as 50 kids participate each year as part of community service, whether it's through school or court ordered.

"It feels like I'm giving back to the community, helping people out, making people happy," said Joseph Parlin, 18.

Since 1994, the group has taken down 500,000 square feet of graffiti.

Graffiti Busters will expand to Biddeford later this summer.