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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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(515) 725-6189 - office

DCI Awarding Iowa 5th Graders Who Show Compassion for Nation’s Missing Children
Reception Held on National Missing Children’s Day, May 25th!

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.'  

Governor Terry Branstad complimented the honorees on their artwork and said, "It's great to see so many people who recognize that ensuring our community's safety isn't just up to the officers. It's important for all of us to contribute to that goal, by teaching ourselves and each other how to stay safe."

Iowa’s poster contest winner, Olivia Lapke of Logan Magnolia Elementary School, was presented with a plaque commemorating her exceptional work.  Olivia’s poster was sent to Washington D.C. for consideration in the national poster contest.  Eleven other honorees at today’s reception were treated to cookies, received a gift bag from DCI, and took a tour of Iowa’s beautiful capitol.  Participants also snapped photos with DCI staff, Governor Terry Branstad and guest award presenter Amnada Krenz of WOI, My ABC 5. 

Poster Contest Winner

Poster Contest winner Olivia from Logan Magnolia Elementary School.

Looking at an Honorable Mention

A student and principal look at a Poster Contest Honorable Mention.

If you or your child 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:

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


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