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National Child ID Program marks 10th anniversary

River Falls Police Officer Chris Gottfredsen fingerprints first grader William Benedict at Westside Elementary. <i>Submitted photos</i>1 / 2
Eryn Peterson, a student at Rocky Branch Elementary, watches intently as Pierce County Officer Tom Bauer takes her fingerprints.2 / 2

ELLSWORTH -- Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services (PPCS), celebrated its 10th year of bringing the National Child ID Program to elementary schools in Pierce and Pepin counties.

By teaming up with local law enforcement officials, 668 Kindergarten or first grade students were fingerprinted this school year through this community service initiative.

The I.D. kits, provided by Pierce Pepin, are sent home to parents for safekeeping after fingerprinting. Specific information about the child can be completed by the parents and samples collected with the DNA swab and preservation envelope.

If a child goes missing, law enforcement authorities can use the child's completed I.D. kit in a variety of ways to help locate the child.

"Through this outreach program, we're helping parents protect and ensure the safety of their children," said Larry Dokkestul, Pierce Pepin President and CEO. "The co-op is dedicated to helping the communities it serves. Looking out for our children is a great way to strengthen that commitment."

Since Pierce Pepin launched the National Child ID Program in the spring of 2003, more than 6,400 children have been fingerprinted in Pierce and Pepin counties. For more information about the program, visit

Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services is an energy services cooperative located in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, offering electric utility and appliance products and services to homes and businesses.