Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lt. Governor Mongiardo and Kentucky Center for School Safety Announce statewide Child ID initiative
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo, Jon Akers, executive director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, and representatives from Walmart, The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the FBI’s National Child ID Program today announced plans to provide more than 221,000 Child ID Kits to students in the state of Kentucky.
Thanks to a $205,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, kindergarten through third grade students throughout the state will receive an AFCA/FBI National Child ID kit through their schools. This kit provides parents with a way of collecting their child’s identifiable information (including fingerprints, DNA, physical characteristics and picture) that can be recorded and stored at home. In the event of an emergency, the Child ID Kit can be provided by the parent to give law enforcement valuable information to assist their efforts in locating the missing child.
“We hear on the news almost every day about a young child missing from home,” said Lt. Governor Mongiardo. “Some stories end joyfully. Others do not. If these kits can help save one child’s life, bring one missing child back home then it’s worth doing. We’ve got to do all we can to protect our most precious gifts; our children.”
Former University of Louisville head football coach Howard Schnellenberger was instrumental in bringing the Child ID Program to Kentucky.
“As a member of the AFCA and a native of Kentucky, I'm excited to be a part of bringing the Child ID Program to Kentucky,” said Schnellenberger. “I am proud to work with the AFCA in protecting children across the country and would like to extend a special thanks to Walmart and state officials for their joint efforts to protect over 221,000 Kentucky school children.”
Jon Akers of the Kentucky Center for School Safety agrees. “The Kentucky Center for School Safety is proud to endorse the Child ID initiative,” said Akers. “Educators have a long history of partnering with community officials to enhance child safety. We appreciate the special efforts of Coach Schnellenberger and Walmart to provide this special service to the parents and children of our Commonwealth.”
“At Walmart, our community involvement is based on the philosophy of operating globally and giving back locally,” said Jason Wetzel, director of public affairs and government relations with Walmart. “We believe we can do the most good by supporting issues and causes that are important to our customers and associates.”
Thanks to the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Programs, more than one million Child ID Kits have been distributed across the country in the past two years.
For more information go to www.childidprogram.com.