Northwest NEWS

July 29, 2002


Free fingerprint clinic for children at Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, MetLife Auto & Home will help to sponsor a free arts area for children as part of the 32nd annual Greater Bothell Arts and Crafts Fair.
   In addition to a variety of arts and crafts activities available for children of all ages, MetLife Auto & Home will be partnering with the Bothell Police Department to distribute free fingerprint ID kits and offer parents the opportunity to have their children professionally fingerprinted.
   The arts area will be located at W.A. Anderson School, located at 18603 Bothell Way NE, and will be open to the public throughout the two-day fair, while the fingerprint booth will be open on both days between the hours of 12 noon to 4 p.m.
   "The issue of child safety has recently received a lot of national attention - and with good reason," said Shoreline resident Lisa Schaff, a board member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the person responsible for organizing the clinic on behalf of MetLife Auto & Home. "This is a great opportunity for parents to have their children professionally fingerprinted and also receive a chance to discuss the subject of child safety with local law enforcement."
   According to the latest figures released by the FBI, 2,000 children are reported missing every day. Approximately 725,000 missing children reports were filed in 2001 alone. To help promote child safety, MetLife Auto & Home has been offering free Fingerprint Identification Kits across the country.
   The kits contain a fingerprint chart, an area for a child's most recent photo and vital statistics. Experts agree that possessing up-to-date prints is an important proactive measure should the unthinkable occur.
   If parents are interested in receiving a kit, but are unable to attend the clinic, they can receive the free material by calling Lisa Schaff at (425) 488-7913.