The ACC spends thousands of dollars and countless man-hours to keep the community clean as a result of vandalism. This money, which comes directly from the families living in Anthem, could be used to improve the community, instead of repairing damages. Artists were asked to used some of the following facts in their poster submission:
- Anthem residents paid approximately $25,000 for vandalism cleanup in 2016.
- Replacing a single shade canopy in an Anthem park costs approximately $4,000.
- Vandalism crimes are punishable by fines, restitution, probation and jail time for adults and minors.
- On average, vandalism takes place in Anthem parks two to three times per week.
- Spray painting, scratching mirrors or steel, lighting canopies on fire, driving through grass, and leaving fishing line on the ground are all forms of vandalism.
According to Jenna Kohl, an advisory to the Anthem Youth Advisory Council, "Laci's poster was chosen by the youth council in part because of it's detail, it is specific to Anthem and includes a lot of Anthem facts; it is eye-catching (like a comic), humorous, creative, targets a youth audience, creates a sense of community and how vandalism effects it, even includes an ACC Parks and Facilities staff member."
Recruitment for the 2017-18 youth council is underway. Open to Anthem residents entering 7-12th grades, applications are due by May 5 at 5 p.m. An informational meeting for those interested in applying will be held at the Civic Building April 19 at 5 p.m.