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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to Kick Off 2013 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest

 

Contest Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow in Kenosha

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will kick off Wisconsin's participation in the 2013 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest tomorrow by visiting Brass Community School, located at 6400 15th Avenue in Kenosha, where the Attorney General will meet with area 5th graders at 9:30 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 with Attorney General Van Hollen, Principal Scott Kennow, elementary school students and others in Kenosha.

 

Contest kickoff tomorrow:

January 31, 2013, at 9:30 a.m.

Brass Community School

6400 15th Avenue

Kenosha, WI 53143

 

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.  Last year, Andreah Newberry, a fifth grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Green Bay, won the statewide contest.  Her poster represented Wisconsin in the national competition.

 

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 for more details about contest rules, key dates and other resources for educators, participants and others:  http://mecptraining.org/poster-contest/

 

Posters must be received at the Wisconsin DOJ by March 14, 2013. 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.