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Pray 5th Grader Wins Montana Missing Children’s Poster Contest

HELENA – Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock on Friday presented the award for a statewide poster contest to Katherine Kant, a fifth-grade student from Arrowhead School in Pray.

Bullock presented Katherine with a $100 prize at a ceremony in the Capitol that was attended by her entire class and her teacher, Joy Chonko, as well as Pray’s Principal, Debbra House. He noted that, by involving students in the art contest, his department hoped to make Montana students and their families more aware of the need for caution and to watch out for kids in their communities.

Katherine’s poster design was selected as the best representation of the theme: Bring Our Missing Children Home. Her poster depicts a girl in ragged clothing, alone and illuminated by the street lights in a big city. While the girl is in a dark alley next to a garbage can, the shape of the light cast by the street lights overhead forms a heart around her.

“That was a clever way to show that missing kids really need people to care for them and to help them find their way,” Bullock said. “Talent and compassion make a very good combination, so I hope Katherine and her classmates will continue to put those two qualities to work to better their community and the lives of others.”

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

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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