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Deadline to enter posters is March 14, 2013.
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today kicked off Wisconsin's participation in the 2013 National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest by visiting Brass Community School in Kenosha where the Attorney General met with area 5th graders and discussed the AMBER Alert program and staying safe.
Attorney General Van Hollen encourages all Wisconsin 5th graders to create posters to “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” which is the theme of the national competition. Van Hollen said of the annual contest, “This is a prime opportunity to educate our young people about personal safety in a fun and engaging way. Wisconsin’s AMBER Alert has helped rescue missing children, but we hope -- through efforts like this one -- to further educate children, parents, caregivers, teachers and others about staying safe.”
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://amberalertwisconsin.org/events/
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. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 600 children have been rescued throughout the AMBER Alert program’s 17 years. Here in Wisconsin, the AMBER Alert has been activated 23 times since the program began in 2003, and has safely recovered more than 30 children.
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.