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Fourth graders at Blair Oaks Elementary School in Wardsville were the first students in the state to have ID’s made as part of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s new safety program.  The program provides parents easy access to all of the information they may need if something happens to their child.   The ID includes photographs of the children, their height and weight, address, phone number, parents’ names, birth date and a digitally scanned fingerprint.  The information is strictly for the ID card and is not saved or shared.

Last year about 8,000 children were reported missing across the state according to Kaverne McCullum, supervisor of the department’s Missing Persons Unit. At the end of the year there were still 450 children considered missing, McCullum said. [Read more – Jefferson City News Tribune] [Link to Keeping Children Safe]