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Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Keeping children safe is a priority for parents, school officials, law enforcement and one concerned Boy Scout trying to earn his Eagle Scout Award.
One way to help in this endeavor is to keep a fingerprint card for each child in the family.
Joseph Earl, a 14-year-old from Snake River, sought to do just that during the Eastern Idaho State Fair Parade Saturday morning.
"I figured with as many kids there would be we could get done in a couple of hours." said Earl.
The aspiring Eagle Scout had printed off 200 forms for parents to fill out and took fingerprints of children for the project.
"It helps identify children if they are lost or get kidnapped." said Earl.
Earl got the idea from a list of Eagle Scout projects on the Internet.
"I think it's a great idea!" said Susan Gough, a parent of some of the children who were more than willing to get their fingers a little dirty during the process.