“Bring our Missing Children Home” poster contest kicks off February 9th

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WI DOJMADISON. Attorney General Brad Schimel will announce Wisconsin’s participation in the 2016 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest – an announcement he hopes will encourage teachers and families to initiate conversations regarding the safety of their children.

The contest kicks off Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. Attorney General Schimel will talk with students, parents, and teachers at Sandhill Elementary School, 1920 Lincoln Avenue in Stoughton.

Attorney General Schimel encourages all Wisconsin 5th graders to create posters to Bring Our Missing Children Home – the theme of the national competition. The kickoff that also will include Sandhill Elementary Principal Cheryl Price, Stoughton Area School District Administrator Tim Onsager, and members of the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigations Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and the Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults. A presentation on internet safety will be given by DCI Special Agent Dana Cecil.

The poster created by the state winner will compete nationally. The winner of the national contest will go to Washington, DC, to attend the annual National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony. Last year, Madelyn England, a fifth-grade student at Bangor Elementary School, was honored during a ceremony after winning the statewide contest. Her poster represented Wisconsin in the national competition.

Wisconsin’s Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults develops and coordinates the process for the statewide poster competition. 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.

About Wisconsins AMBER Alert

When an AMBER Alert is activated in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) — Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) notifies the Dane County Public Safety Communication Center, which sends the alert to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for secondary distribution.

In Wisconsin, the AMBER Alert has been activated 29 times since the program began in 2003, and has led to the safe recovery of more than 36 children. Wisconsin’s Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults at the Wisconsin DOJ coordinates Wisconsins AMBER Alert Program, which is a collaborative effort among 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, the Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin and local law enforcement agencies.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 700 children have been rescued since the AMBER Alert programs creation in 1996.