October 22, 2013

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina is committed to protecting our children and to working for the safe return of missing children; and

WHEREAS,more than 1,200 children are reported missing each day in the United States; and

WHEREAS, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a current photograph is the most important resource in the recovery of a missing child; and  

WHEREAS, SmileSafe Kids® Photo ID Cards have directly contributed to the recovery of missing children in 23 states; and

WHEREAS, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, in partnership with Lifetouch School Photography, has provided some 12 million free SmileSafe Kids Photo ID Cards during the last decade to parents in the State of North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina encourages parents and guardians to keep a current photograph of their children in an effort to improve child safety and strengthen communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pat McCrory, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 22, 2013, as “SMILESAFE KIDS DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this twenty-fourth day of September in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.