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Bozeman 5th Grader Wins State Missing Children’s Poster Contest

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock on Friday presented the award for a statewide poster contest to Jocelyn McCullough, a fifth-grade student from Whittier School in Bozeman.

Bullock presented Jocelyn with a $100 prize at a ceremony in the Montana Supreme Court Chambers.

Jocelyn’s poster design was selected as the best representation of the theme: Bring Our Missing Children Home. Her poster depicts a flower rooted in the ground to show what it must be like for a parent to watch a child “get grabbed by a stranger when your feet are glued to the ground.”

“As a dad, I think Joce explained the way a parent would feel perfectly,” Bullock said. “As parents, we drill into our kids that they should never, ever open the door to a stranger. But in this day and age, it is just as important that we teach them to be wary of the doorways into chat rooms and social networks, where they may well meet people who are just the opposite of the friends they pretend to be.”

The state poster contest was sponsored by the Department of Justice Missing Persons Clearinghouse and supported by the Office of Public Instruction.

“The Office of Public Instruction is pleased to work with the Attorney General’s office to promote awareness of the Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Montana AMBER Alert Program. These programs are essential in helping protect our children,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said.

Both the Clearinghouse and the AMBER Alert Program are 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 fifth-grade students to develop artwork that will represent America’s united goal to bring missing children home safely.

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