Montana Department of Justice Announces National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

The Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Public Instruction are working together to give Montana students the opportunity to participate in state and national poster contests which focus on the theme of “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”

Megan Martin of DOJ’s Missing Person’s Clearinghouse said, “This poster contest is great because it brings awareness about our nation’s missing children while also allowing Montana’s fifth grade students a chance to participate in state and national contests showcasing their artwork.” Martin added that 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 2017.

Posters must be original, handcrafted artwork; 8 ½ x 14 inches in size, with the words “Bring Our Missing Children Home” appearing on the poster.  Posters with digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs, and stamping will not be accepted.  Poster artwork will be judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and reflection of contest theme.

A written poster contest student application form must be submitted along with each poster.  The application will be judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar appropriate for the fifth grade.  The application form is available at http://doj.mt.gov/missing-persons.

The student winning the state contest will attend an award ceremony with Attorney General Tim Fox in Helena and receive a $100 cash prize.  The winning Montana poster will then be submitted to the national contest.

Montana has been participating in the annual national “Bring Our Missing Children Home” poster contest since 2009.  The 2016 state contest winner was Lexi Erdahl from Radley Elementary School in East Helena.  To view her winning poster, visit http://doj.mt.gov/missing-persons.  This website also allows the public to see 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 operated by the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice.

Since 2003, the Montana Department of Justice has issued 32 AMBER Alerts. All 47 children involved were located; tragically, four of them were deceased. In 2016, Montana begin using CodeRED to issue AMBER Alerts.  A statewide test of the CodeRED system will take place on National AMBER Alert Day on January 13.

Posters and student application forms must be received by March 6, 2017.  Send them to:

Montana Department of Justice
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
2225 11th Avenue
PO Box 201406
Helena, MT  59620