News Release For Immediate Release
May 15, 2003
Presentation to the Winner Planned Before School Student Body
Assembly in Commemoration of National Missing Children’s Day
Everett, Washington – In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. “In each of the past 15 years, family and friends of missing children have joined together to plan events in communities across America to raise public awareness about the issue of missing children and the need to address this national problem,” according to the Juvenile Justice Journal. This year is no exception.
An important annual event, which is sponsored by the DOJ/OJJDP (US Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention), is the National Missing Children’s Poster Contest. Students from across the country were invited to submit an original work of art depicting their own sensitivity to the issue of missing kids.
Various participating missing children’s centers throughout the US invited the local schools in their state to encourage students to enter the contest. Each center then selected one local winner and that poster was submitted into the national OJJDP contest.
In Washington State, OPERATION LOOKOUT(r) National Center for Missing Youth, the state’s only missing child organization, notified a number of local schools of the event, which engendered several entries. Allie Boyd, a sixth grade student at Riverview Elementary School in Snohomish, will be honored during a student body assembly for winning the state-level entry, which was an artistic portrayal of a teen runaway who had escaped from her abductors. Her winning portrayal was also the catalyst for the organization’s soon to be released Website movie including the haunting song, “Solutions,” composed by Bijoy Goswami of Austin, TX.
Allie will be presented with a certificate sent from the Department of Justice/OJJDP, along with a US Savings Bond and the framed poster being given to her from Operation Lookout’s president, Michael Gibson.
Gibson stated, “We are proud of all the students who submitted entries, and congratulate Allie Boyd for the poignant message that she so clearly encapsulated in her picture.” Of National Missing Children’s Day, May 25, Gibson said, “it is an important time to remind all Americans not to forget about these children who all deserve a chance to be found.”
The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 21, at 11:00 AM in the gymnasium of Riverview Elementary School, 7322 64th St. S.E., Snohomish. Media is requested to arrive at 10:45.
Press interviews and photo ops with Allie Boyd and her teacher, Dena Ramm, will be available immediately following the brief presentation. Michael Gibson will be available to provide information about missing children and National Missing Children’s Day.