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Montana Department of Justice Announces National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

Montana 5th graders encouraged to submit “Bring Our Missing Children Home” posters

HELENA – Today, the Montana Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction invite Montana school students to participate in a national poster contest that focuses on the theme, Bring Our Missing Children Home.

“This program allows Montana fifth graders to compete in a national art contest 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; 11×14 inches in size, with the words “Bring Our Missing Children Home” appearing on the poster. To compete in the state contest, the poster and student application form must be received by the Clearinghouse by February 15, 2010. Posters should be sent to:

Montana Department of Justice
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
303 N Roberts, Rm 472A
PO Box 201406
Helena MT 59620

Posters 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 Montana poster also will be submitted to the national contest.

The national poster contest winner and his or her parents and teacher receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in May 2010.

This is the second year Montana has participated in the national “Bring Our Missing Children Home” poster contest.

This website also allows the public to view a list of the people missing in Montana and learn about the state’s AMBER Alert and Missing Persons programs. The Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse and the Montana AMBER Alert Program are operated by the Division of Criminal Investigation in 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 national poster contest for fifth grade students to develop artwork that represents America’s united goal of bringing missing children home safely.

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