Photo by Shelby Steel
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Each year, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office invites fifth graders from across the state to participate in a poster competition.The posters are intended to raise awareness of missing children and remind parents, guardians, and caregivers to make the safety of their children a priority.
Shelby Steel from North Platte is the first place contest winner this year.
The winning poster portrays a tearful mother sitting next to the family dog in the missing child’s room as the mother gazes at a “missing” flyer of her child.
Shelby’s depiction provides a realistic portrayal of the stark reality of this devastating occurrence, organizers said.
As winner of the state contest, Shelby’s poster will be submitted to a national competition with the U.S. Department of Justice.
This event allows young students from across the United States opportunity to creatively express the theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”
The national winner will be awarded at the annual ceremony in May recognizing National Missing Children’s Day.