Locust Fork student wins missing children poster contest

LOCUST FORK, AL (WBRC) – A Locust Fork 5th grader has been chosen as the Alabama winner of the "Bring Our Missing Children Home" poster contest.

Lily Patterson from Locust Fork Elementary will represent Alabama in the national competition in Washington D.C. and was honored with a commendation from the Alabama State Board of Education. As the state winner, Lily receives an engraved state plaque and a national award certificate from the Department of Justice. Her winning artwork will be displayed at the National Missing Children's Day ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 25. One national winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, will attend the ceremony and receive anational award certificate and a United States Savings Bond.

Lily's winning poster design depicts a home and four family members surrounded with symbols. Lily used a magnifying glass, handcuffs and fingerprint to honor law enforcement and others who work to bring missing children home safely. She drew a heart, yellow ribbon and "present" to represent the love of the missing children's families, stating "what a gift children are."

The winning national poster will become the national symbol for Missing Children's Day 2011. It will be displayed at the Department of Justice and Congressional Offices, and used in publications, exhibits, displays and on websites.