Attorney General Fox Announces Winner of Montana’s Missing Children’s 2015 Poster Contest

Today at the Montana WILD Center, Attorney General Tim Fox presented Aila Austin, a fifth-grader at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena, with the 2015 award for the Montana Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest.

Aila’s colorful poster depicts the anguish families with missing children experience, as well as the joy of finally being reunited with their loved one. Attorney General Tim Fox said, “In this digital age, children are more vulnerable to predators than ever. Make sure you talk to your children about using privacy settings on social networking sites, why it’s important they only post pictures that you’ve pre-approved, and why they should never post e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers online.”

Poster artwork was judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and reflection of the contest’s theme. Written poster applications were judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar.

Aila’s class, as well her family, joined her at the award ceremony with Attorney General Fox this morning. She received a $100 cash prize and her poster was submitted to the national contest.

“This program allows Montana fifth-graders to compete in state and national poster contests while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety,” said Jennifer Viets, Montana’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager. There are currently nearly 60 missing school-aged children in Montana.

This is the seventh time Montana has participated in the annual national Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest; Alia’s winning poster is available here.