A fifth grade student who calls Steamboat Springs home submitted a poster that represented Colorado as part of a national campaign sponsored by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to honor missing children across the nation as part of National Missing Children’s Day in May.
Leilani Ward submitted a creative and colorful poster featuring a family of ducks where one duckling is, sadly, not with its family. Colorado’s winning entry was part of the DOJ national poster contest held in May.
“The CBI was very pleased by the participation in the poster contest, and that kids from across Colorado took the time to share their exceptional creativity and artistic talents to bring awareness to the critical issue of missing children,” said CBI Director Ron Sloan.
The CBI and the DOJ commemorate the valiant and unselfish acts of the many organizations and individuals who bring our missing children home. May 25, 2014 has been designated as National Missing Children’s Day to honor missing children and those working to bring them home. The DOJ will feature the national poster contest winner at that event.
The CBI will recognize Ward’s work as part of National Missing Children’s Day at an event in Colorado slated for May 25, 2014.
Tens of thousands of children are reported missing each year. Law enforcement, citizens, and even children have been instrumental in keeping children safe and returning them home to their families, communities and schools.
In Colorado, there were *699 kids reported missing in Colorado in 2013.
Ward’s winning Colorado poster is attached with this release.
*The statistic is from CCIC/NCIC entries made by Colorado law enforcement agencies last year.