Montana Department of Justice Announces National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
HELENA – Today, through a combined effort of the Montana Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction, Montana school students will have the opportunity to participate in a national poster contest which focuses on the theme: Bring Our Missing Children Home.
Posters submitted by Montana 5th graders will be judged for originality of design, reflection of the contest theme and use of color and materials. The winning student will attend an award ceremony in Helena and receive a $100 cash prize. The winning poster from Montana will then be submitted to the national contest.
The artwork winning the national contest will be displayed at the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony, to be held on or about May 25th. The national winner travels to Washington, D.C., along with his/her parents and teacher to receive an award and participate in the ceremony.
“This program will allow Montana fifth graders to compete in a national art contest while schools can teach students about their safety,” said Jennifer Viets, Montana’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager. “We know that there is great talent in our schools and we hope to send one of our students to Washington, D.C.”
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.
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 5th grade students to develop artwork that will represent America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely.