Mountain Elementary School to host Ident-A-Kid Day Feb. 5

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By Kirsten Laskey

A co-worker’s experience with a missing child prompted Diane Horton of Los Alamos to take action. While living in Florida, she explained, a co-worker’s grandson was missing. The parents did not have accurate information and the search for the son was unsuccessful.“We just truly believe we can’t do too much to protect our children,” Horton said.As a result, Horton became the program director for Ident-A-Kid, a child identification program.According to its website, Ident-A-Kid is the nation’s largest child identification program. It offers Immediate Response Card software, which utilizes a digital acquisition system. The system can access information about a child including their fingerprint, photograph, height and weight.Ident-A-Kid has operated throughout the U.S. for 21 years, but has operated in Albuquerque for six to seven years. The program was founded in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Horton was first introduced to it. Now, she is introducing the program to Los Alamos during Ident-A-Kid Day, which will be from 8 a.m.- noon Feb. 5 at Mountain Elementary School. During the activity, Horton said she will be gathering information to create identification cards, which are similar to driver’s licenses, but are used to access descriptions about children.

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