Contest brings awareness

Published 10:14 am Friday, November 11, 2016

The Ohio Attorney General’s Missing Persons Unit recently began accepting entries for the 2017 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, and AG Mike DeWine is encouraging all fifth graders and their teachers to take part.

This year’s theme is “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” and is sponsored nationally by the United States Department of Justice. According to the AG’s office, the purpose of the contest is to help raise awareness about child safety, exhibit America’s efforts to bring missing children home safely and highlight the importance of preemptive education programs.

Fifth graders across the state are eligible to submit a poster to the attorney general’s office that incorporates the theme of the contest into their artwork. The artwork will be judged on creativity, reflection of the contest theme and design originality.

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The top three posters will be selected by a panel of judges from the AMBER Alert Steering Committee and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The winners, their parents and teachers will be invited to Columbus to meet with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and receive their awards.

Ohio’s first place winner will then be entered into the national contest, where one nationwide winner will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.