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MADISON - Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen was joined on April 25, 2007 in Milwaukee at Elm Creative Arts School by Milwaukee Police Department officers, Milwaukee Public School officials, and Wisconsin school children participating in a national Amber Alert - Missing Children poster competition.


In an effort to educate children across the country about child safety, the United States Department of Justice, through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Child Protection Division, sponsors a National Missing Children's Day poster contest in coordination with the Amber Alert program. Fifth grade students are invited to create artwork that will represent America's efforts to search for missing children and bring them home safely, and also promote child safety. Milwaukee Chief of Police Nannette Hegerty and Milwaukee Public Schools are proud supporters of these efforts, as is the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation's Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults.


Brian McClain, a fifth-grade student at Elm Creative Arts School, was chosen as this year's Wisconsin winner of the national poster contest. The contest theme is "Bringing Our Missing Children Home." The children participating in the contest provide a brief biography, and must also include a brief paragraph that explains what the artwork in their posters exemplifies.


The Attorney General presented Brian with an award recognizing his achievement, along with a gift certificate. Brian's poster will represent Wisconsin in the national competition. Brian will also be honored at the Wisconsin State Capitol on May 10, 2007, at a special ceremony for Wisconsin's missing children and adults. The ceremony is open to the public.


Seven Milwaukee schools participated in the 2007 poster contest: Elm Creative Arts School, Bethune Academy School, Browning School, New Testament, Milwaukee Sign Language, LaBrew Military Academy and Hartford University School. Every child who participated in the poster contest, as well as their teachers and school principals, will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their outstanding efforts.


The annual poster contest promotes awareness about missing children and provides an opportunity for children and their families to discuss important safety issues.


You can find out more about the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, and Amber Alert -- and see the winning poster -- at the Wisconsin Department of Justice Website at: