HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock on Tuesday presented the award for a statewide poster contest to Becca Baker, a fifth-grade student from Radley School in East Helena.
Bullock presented Becca with a $100 prize at a ceremony in the Capitol. He noted that, by involving students in the art contest, his department hoped to make Montana students and their families more aware of the need for caution and to watch out for kids in their communities.
Becca’s poster design was selected as the best representation of the theme: Bring Our Missing Children Home. Her poster depicts a house broken in two because a child is missing. In the explanation that accompanied her artwork, Becca explained that “If the child is found the home is put back together.” The gap in the home she drew is filled with the names of Montana’s missing children.
“As parents, we worry a lot about our children being taken by a stranger, but as a community, we must also pay attention to the children who are runaways and homeless,” Bullock said. “We know that some of these so-called ‘throw-away’ kids end up on our Missing Persons list. What they need to know is that their community cares about them and believes in their future.”
The state poster contest was sponsored by the Department of Justice Missing Persons Clearinghouse and supported by the Office of Public Instruction.
Both the Clearinghouse and the AMBER Alert Program are 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 poster contest for fifth-grade students to develop artwork that will represent America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely.