Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction are working together to give Montana students the opportunity to participate in state and national poster contests which focus on the theme: “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”
“This program will allow Montana fifth-graders to compete in state and national poster contests while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety,” said Jennifer Viets, Montana’s Missing Persons Clearinghouse manager. “We know Montana has very talented fifth-graders and we hope one of them wins a free trip to Washington, D.C.” The national poster contest winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in May.
Posters must be original, handcrafted artwork; 8½ x 14 inches in size, with the words “Bring Our Missing Children Home” appearing on the poster. Posters with digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs and stamping will not be accepted. Poster artwork will be judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and reflection of contest theme. A written poster contest student application form must be submitted along with each poster and the application will be judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar appropriate for the fifth-grade. The poster contest student application form is available on the Montana Department of Justice website at http://doj.mt.gov/missing-persons.
The winning student will attend an award ceremony with Attorney General Tim Fox in Helena and receive a $100 cash prize. The winning Montana poster will then be submitted to the national contest.
This is the sixth time Montana has participated in the annual national “Bring Our Missing Children Home” poster contest. The 2013 state contest winner was Emma Kuoppola from Ramsay Elementary School. To view her winning poster, visit the Montana Department of Justice Missing Persons website at http://doj.mt.gov/missing-persons.
This website also allows the public to view a list of the persons currently missing in Montana and to get more information on Montana’s AMBER Alert and Missing Persons programs. 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.
To compete in the state contest, the poster and student application form must be received by Feb. 14. Send posters to: Montana Department of Justice; Missing Persons Clearinghouse; 302 N Roberts – Room 470A; PO Box 201406; Helena MT 59620.