Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis Child Id Project

Traning The President Child ID has became a popular and much sought after program in our area. Funded by an initial donation from the Hoot-Wink Inc. and thanks to the generous donations from the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD), private individuals at our local events and the help of key local businesses, such as, Wal-Mart, the program continues operate and grow.

The taking of pictures and fingerprints of children is a project that has moved from the old technology of ink pads, fingerprint cards and Polaroid pictures to state of the art laptop computers and mini-sized fingerprint scanners. With the help of the Amber Foundationin in 2005, the Club began to expanded the scope of this safety project. Our annual goal is to provide the parents of every second grader in the Oceanside Unified School District with the fingerprints and a digital picture of their child. In Jan of 2010, we had completed the process with over 10,000 children.

The reason we decided to choose the second grade is because the Amber Foundation had informed us, that a person’s finger prints will change until between 7 and 8 years old, which happens to be the average age of most second graders.

Child ID has become one of OPK’s most requested projects in our community. The program quickly evolved into several annual events, such as, Camp Pendleton’s Kids First Safety Fair, Oceanside’s National Night Out as well as, popular public events at Wal-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot and various other local venues. We generally ID any child at any age at all of our public events, because at the end of the day, “It’s all about the Kids.”

On January 21st 2010 while hosting an event at Stuart Mesa Elementary School, We (OPK) achieved an incredible milestone by finger printing our 10,000th child. We were able to reach this goal with the help of two new laptops and hopefully, with continued donations, we will able to replace and update our finger print scanners. Within four to five years we may reach an unbelievable goal of finger printing 25,000 children.

Left to right Scott Williamson, Roy Tally, Dwayne Banks, Annesea Jines, Larry Perondi, Adrianne Hakes, Roy Miller
Child 10,000 at Stuart Mesa Elementary School
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