DOJ - Montana Department of Justice

02/27/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/27/2020 14:27

Deadline Approaching for National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

The Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Public Instruction (OPI) remind Montana fifth grade students and teachers the deadline to participate in the 'Bringing Our Missing Children Home' poster contest is rapidly approaching.

'This contest serves as a good reminder for all of us to talk to our children and grandchildren about their personal safety in a variety of situations, whether they're out in their communities or online,' Attorney General Tim Fox said.

'Montana's treasures are our students and it is the responsibility of parents, schools, and communities to ensure that our children are safe,' said Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen. 'The Missing Children Poster Contest is an opportunity to get students involved in raising awareness. As a former fifth grade teacher for 23 years, I encourage all Montana fifth grade classrooms to join the Department of Justice and the Office of Public Instruction in participating in this year's poster contest.'

The student winning the state contest will attend an award ceremony with Attorney General Tim Fox and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen in Helena and receive a $100 cash prize. The winning Montana poster will then be submitted to the national contest. 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 on May 20, 2020.

Posters must be original, handcrafted artwork; 8 ½ x 14 inches in size, with the words 'Bringing Our Missing Children Home' appearing on the poster. Posters with digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs, and stamping will not be accepted. Poster artwork will be judged on originality, creativity, use of color and materials, and reflection of contest theme.

A written poster contest 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 available here.

Montana has participated in the annual national 'Bringing Our Missing Children Home' poster contest since 2009. The 2019 state contest winner was Quinn Berkram from Edgerton Elementary in Kalispell. To view her poster, visit

Posters and student application forms must be received by March 2, 2020. Send them to:

Montana Department of Justice
Missing Persons Clearinghouse
2225 11th Avenue
PO Box 201406
Helena, MT 59620