The United States Secret Service came to Gatelot Avenue Elementary School Thursday afternoon. No, President Barack Obama was not in attendance, but one of his presidential limousines was.
As part of Operation Safe Kids, the Secret Service hosts programs nationwide to fingerprint and photograph children in case they go missing, according to Mike Seremetis, a resident agent in charge with the SS.
Students were treated to an assembly where Special Agents Joe Bongino and Steve Chaklos spoke about their daily responsibilities, which include more than just the few who men and women tasked with being on presidential detail.
The parent of a student notified the school about the program after reading about it in a newspaper. Gatelot applied and everything came together.
"The benefit is multifaceted," said Leslie Arent, the school's social worker. "It makes kids more aware of safety. It also makes them understand technology and how it works for their safety."
"They did an amazing job and worked well with the children," said Gatelot principal Denise Kleinman. "The benefits are insurmountable. God for bid a child gets lost or stolen or kidnapped, it's so much easier to try and find them."
Seremetis said they've fingerprinted about 80,000 children in the course of 500 events.