News Release 163
Child identification program planned by Missouri State Park Rangers March 30 at Belleview School
Volume 38-163 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 26, 2010 -- The Missouri State Park Ranger Program is helping to keep your children safe through a child identification program offered to schools around the state. The next program will be at 9 a.m. March 30 at the Belleview Elementary School in Belleview, Iron County. Approximately 130 elementary-age children are expected to take part in the program.
"Children are our greatest resource and we want to do whatever we can to keep them safe. These child identification programs are one way to do that," said Bill Bryan, director of the state park system for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The State Park Ranger Program promotes safety and provides law enforcement for Missouri state parks and historic sites.
Each program will include a child identification kit for each student. The kit includes an area for basic information about the child, including a description. Each child will be fingerprinted and that fingerprint will be included in the kit. The kit also includes a place for a photo of the child, which can be updated by the parent as the child ages. The kits are given to the children to take home. If the child becomes lost or is taken, parents or guardians can provide this valuable information to law enforcement to aid in the search.
The program is part of the overall outreach effort provided the Ranger Program to promote safety awareness in schools, in state parks and historic sites, and other venues such as the Missouri State Fair. The kits are provided by the Ranger Program free of charge and approximately 2,500 children identification kits are distributed each year during outreach programs.
Other children identification programs being planned this spring include the following:
- April 6, Perry Christian Academy at Perry in Ralls County, kindergarten through second grade.
- April 8 (tentative), Bismarck Elementary School in Bismarck in St. Francois County.
- April 27, South Iron Elementary School at Annapolis in Iron County.
- May 14, Salt River Folklife Festival at Florida in Monroe County.
For more information about the State Park Ranger Program or state parks and historic sites, call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or visit mostateparks.com.