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Montana fifth-graders encouraged to participate in the “Bring Our Missing Children Home” poster contest

HELENA — The Montana Department of Justice 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: “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”

“This program will allow 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. “We know Montana has very talented fifth-graders and we hope one of them wins a free trip to Washington, D.C.” 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.

Posters must be original, handcrafted artwork; 8 x 14 inches in size, with the words “Bring Our Missing Children Home” appearing on the poster. Digitally produced images, collages, cutouts 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 and the application will be judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar appropriate for the fifth grade. The poster contest student application form is available at the Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons website at http://doj.mt.gov/missing-persons.

The winning student 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.

This is the fifth time Montana has participated in the annual national “Bring Our Missing Children Home” poster contest. The 2012 state contest winner was Joe Olson from Gallatin Gateway Elementary School. To view his winning mosaic poster, go to the Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons website at http://doj.mt.gov/missing-persons.

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.

To compete in the state contest, the poster and student application form must be received by March 8. Posters are to be sent to:
   Montana Department of Justice
   Missing Persons Clearinghouse
   302 N Roberts – Rm 470A
   PO Box 201406
   Helena MT 59620

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