The Montana Department of Justice along with the Office of Public Instruction are working together to give Montana students the chance to participate in a national poster contest. The focus of the poster is “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”

“This program will allow Montana fifth-graders to compete in state and national poster contests while giving schools the opportunity to teach students about personal safety,” said Joni Turpin of DOJ’s Missing Person’s Clearinghouse. “We know Montana has very talented fifth-graders and we hope one of them wins a trip to Washington, D.C.” The national poster contest winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony in May.

Posters must be original, 8 ½ x 14 inches in size, with the words “Bring Our Missing Children Home” on the poster. Posters with digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs, and stamping will not be accepted. Poster artwork will be judged on originality, use of color and materials.

A student application form must be submitted along with each poster. The application will be judged on the level of understanding of the subject, clarity, and grammar appropriate for the fifth grade. The application form is at https://dojmt.gov/missing-persons/.

The student winning the state contest will be invited an award ceremony with Attorney General Tim Fox in Helena and get a $100 cash prize. The winning Montana poster will then be submitted to the national contest.

Dominick