Montana News

Jan 11, 2011 1:48 PM by MT DOJ

National Missing Childrens Day poster contest announced

The Montana Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction are teaming up to get Montana 5th-graders 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 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, 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.

The 2010 winner was Becca Baker from Radley School in East Helena, Montana; her poster can be seen above (click for larger view).

To learn more, visit the Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons website.

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.