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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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DCI AWARDING IOWA 5TH GRADERS WHO SHOW COMPASSION FOR NATION'S MISSING CHILDREN

Reception Held on National Missing Children's Day, May 25, 2010

Des Moines, IOWA --- Each year 5th graders from across the country participate in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest, showing their compassion for our country’s lost and missing youth, through art.  Today, National Missing Children’s Day, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) honored those students in Iowa who excelled in depicting the harsh realities of child abduction or the sad consequences of running away from home, by using this year’s theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”  

DCI Director John Quinn said at the reception, “Peer pressure can be a bad thing, but it can also be a good thing when kids are encouraging each other to be smart and stay safe.  The poster contest is a great way for kids to exert that positive peer pressure.”

Iowa’s poster contest winner, Cassie Brown, was presented with a plaque commemorating her exceptional work.  Cassie’s poster has been sent to Washington D.C. for consideration in the national poster contest.  Twelve other honorees at today’s reception were treated to punch and cookies, received a gift bag from DCI, and took a tour of Iowa’s beautiful capitol.  Participants also snapped photos with DCI staff and guest award presenter Mollie Cooney of KCCI. 

If you didn’t get to participate in this year’s poster contest, it’s not too late to learn about the problem of missing kids in Iowa and the nation.  Every year more than 800,000 kids are reported missing.  Take time today to talk about how you can keep kids in your community from going missing.  Visit:  http://www.take25.org/

To view the winning poster, as well as posters awarded honorable mentions and other participant entries, please follow the link below.

http://www.dps.state.ia.us/mpic/contest/2010/2010_Participants.shtml

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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