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January 11, 2011

Department of Justice and Office of Public Instruction Announce National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

Montana 5th graders encouraged to participate in the 2011 “Bring Our Missing Children Home Safely” Poster Contest

HELENA – Over the next two months, through a combined effort of the Montana Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction, Montana school students will have the opportunity to participate in a poster contest that focuses on the theme: Bring Our Missing Children Home Safely.

“This contest allows Montana fifth graders to compete at the state and national level, while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety,” said Jennifer Viets, Montana’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager. “We know there is a great deal of talent in our schools and we hope to send one of our students to Washington, D.C.”

Posters must be original artwork; 8½ x14 inches in size, with the words “Bring Our Missing Children Home Safely” appearing on the poster. To compete in the state contest, the poster and student application form must be received by February 21, 2011. Posters are to be sent to:

Montana Department of Justice
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
PO Box 201406
Helena MT 59620

Posters will be judged for originality of design, reflection of the contest theme and use of color and materials. The winning student will attend an award ceremony with Attorney General Steve Bullock and Superintendent Denise Juneau in Helena and receive a $100 cash prize. The winning Montana poster will then be submitted to the national contest.

The national poster contest winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in May 2011.

This is the third time Montana has participated in the annual national “Bring Our Missing Children Home” poster contest. The 2010 winner was Becca Baker from Radley School in East Helena, Montana.

This website also allows the public to view a list of the persons currently missing in Montana and to get more information on Montana’s AMBER Alert and Missing Persons programs.

The Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Montana AMBER Alert Program are programs operated by the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice.

The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Child Protection Division, sponsors the annual national poster contest for 5th grade students to develop artwork that will represent America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely.