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Helena student named as winner of "Bring Our Missing Children Home" poster contest

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The posters were judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and overall reflection of the contest’s theme. The posters were judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and overall reflection of the contest’s theme.
Aila Austin, a fifth-grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena, has been named the winner of the annual Montana Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest. Aila Austin, a fifth-grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena, has been named the winner of the annual Montana Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest.
HELENA -- Aila Austin, a fifth-grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Helena, has been named the winner of the annual Montana Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest. 

Montana Attorney General honored Austin at a ceremony at the Montana Wild Center on Tuesday.

Austin's poster shows a mother in tears sitting on a front porch while a sister welcomes her brother home with a big smile. 

The posters were judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and overall reflection of the contest's theme. Written poster applications were judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar. 

Austin's class and her family joined her at the award ceremony. She received a $100 cash prize and her poster was submitted to the national contest. 

Fox said, “In this digital age, children are more vulnerable to predators than ever. Make sure you talk to your children about using privacy settings on social networking sites, why it's important they only post pictures that you've pre-approved, and why they should never post e-mail addresses or cell phone numbers online.” 

Jennifer Viets, the manager of Montana's Missing Persons Clearinghouse, said, “This program allows Montana fifth-graders to compete in state and national poster contests while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety.” 

Viets says that there are currently nearly 60 missing school-aged children in Montana. 

Fox says the annual event is a way to get parents and kids talking about personal and cyber-safety: "Parents and kids need to talk together about how to be careful on the internet. What to do, what not to do. And parents need to monitor and be vigilant about their children's internet access." 

Fox says a good resource for kids and parents is www.netsmartz.org, sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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