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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Kick Off 2012 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest


News Conference at Stevens Point School at 10:15 a.m.


MADISON — Today, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will kick off Wisconsin's participation in the 2012 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest by visiting Madison Elementary School in Stevens Point, WI, where the Attorney General will meet with the school's 5th graders at 10:15 a.m.


Attorney General Van Hollen will encourage all Wisconsin 5th graders to create posters to “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” which is the theme of the national competition. Media are welcome to attend the kickoff in Stevens Point.


Contest kickoff with

Attorney General Van Hollen and area students

10:15 a.m.

Madison Elementary School

600 Maria Drive

Stevens Point, WI 54481


The poster created by the state winner then will compete nationally. The winner of the national contest will go to Washington, DC, to attend the annual National Missing Children's Day Ceremony and to accept a certificate and U.S. savings bond.


Applicants must be in the fifth grade, and the phrase “Bring Our Missing Children Home” must appear somewhere on the poster. Visit the following link and click “2012 AMBER Alert Poster Contest Information” for more details about contest rules, key dates and other resources:


Posters must be received at the Wisconsin DOJ by March 12, 2012. Please send completed posters to:


Susan A. WhiteHorse

DOJ, Division of Criminal Investigation

17 W. Main St.

P.O. Box 7857

Madison, WI 53707-7857


Wisconsin's Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults develops and coordinates the process for the statewide poster competition. The Clearinghouse also participates in Wisconsin's AMBER Alert Plan in an effort to enhance law enforcement's ability to respond when a child has been abducted. The Wisconsin AMBER Alert Plan is a collaborative effort between the Wisconsin DOJ, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Wisconsin Public Radio, the Dane County Public Safety Communication Center, the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Wisconsin State Emergency Communications System and local law enforcement agencies.


Each state's Missing Children Clearinghouse will submit the single winning state poster to the U.S. Department of Justice for final judging. The national judging will take place in April, and one national poster contest winner will be selected for the trip to Washington, DC.