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Volunteers Needed for May 11 Child Safety Event

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 3:55pm

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UTSD and Lifeprint will team up Saturday, May 11 to provide free dental screenings and fingerprints for children.

Volunteers are needed to help with the “Lifeprint Next Generation Child Safety Event” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. In addition to providing free fingerprinting and safety information, parents may bring children for free dental screenings and oral hygiene instructions in the UTSD Pediatric Dentistry Clinic.  The UT Police Department will also be on hand to distribute crime prevention information.

Three shifts are available for volunteers:  9:30 a.m. to noon, 12-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. To volunteer, contact UTSD Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, at

Indicate your shift preference and whether you are a student, staff or faculty member. Family members are also welcome as volunteers.

Lifeprint is endorsed by John Walsh, host of the Fox TV series “America’s Most Wanted.” The organization provides parents with biometric images of their children’s fingerprints and palm prints, as well as a digital photograph and a Child Safety Diary.

Biometric technology allows for clear and detailed images of fingerprints and palm prints without smudges and errors commonly found in the outdated ink format for taking prints. The prints can be a valuable tool for investigators looking for a missing child. Having the prints already available on a CD will save time in the event of an emergency.

A public service announcement about the May 11 event will be aired in the Houston area.