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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Encourages Students to Participate in This Year's National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest


Posters are due at the Wisconsin Department of Justice by March 12th.


MADISON — With less than a month remaining before the entry deadline, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is reminding students, teachers and parents to play a role in the 2012 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest. The annual contest is open to all Wisconsin 5th graders.


“Every year, I'm inspired by the creativity of the young people who choose to create posters and compete for a trip to Washington, DC, but the biggest reward is that these children have learned more about staying safe in their communities and online,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.


Every year, more than 1.3 million children are reported missing. The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) administers a Missing Children Clearinghouse, which coordinates efforts on behalf of Wisconsin's missing persons. Since 2003, when it was established, Wisconsin's AMBER Alert program has been activated more than 20 times.


All Wisconsin 5th graders are invited to create a poster to “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” which is the theme of the national competition. The winner from Wisconsin will compete nationally for the opportunity to attend the annual National Missing Children's Day Ceremony in Washington, DC.


Posters must be received at the Wisconsin DOJ by March 12, 2012, and should be sent to:

Susan A. WhiteHorse
DOJ, Division of Criminal Investigation
17 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 7857
Madison, WI 53707-7857


Additional details about contest rules, key dates and other resources are available at: