Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Leitchfield Student Places In KSP Poster Contest
Date of News Release: 04/16/2012
(Frankfort, KY.) – Today the Kentucky State Police selected the winning student artist for the National 'Missing Children's Day' poster contest, co-sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. The contest is an annual event that encourages fifth grade students from across the country to design posters depicting the importance of bringing missing children home.
Eleven year old Dustin Goostree of H.W. Wilkey Elementary School had one of the two best posters in the state competition. Mr. Goostree's poster was among 212 entries received from schools across the Commonwealth.
Goostree's poster depicts an American flag and heavenly hands above the Earth representing His protection of children.
"I created this design for the hands to represent God's hands and to show he is watching over the children who are missing," says Goostree. "The U.S. flag represents the freedom that kids should have."
Goostree received a Certificate of Excellence from KSP and his poster will be prominently displayed at the Kentucky State Fair this summer in KSP's Safety Town Exhibit.
KSP Master Tpr. Norman Chaffins, presented Goostree with his award and other prizes including a KSP shirt, hat and Trooper teddy bear.
"This is a great opportunity for our agency to participate in a national effort to bring missing children home safely, while highlighting the importance of proactive educational programs," says Chaffins.
"Students from across the state submitted entries and our agency had a difficult time choosing the winning entry – so difficult, we had to choose two winners!"
"The effectiveness of the program is based on the concept that a message conveyed by a fellow student carries more weight with other students and is therefore more memorable," Chaffins adds.
The theme for the contest was 'Bring Our Missing Children Home' and Chaffins advised that many schools incorporate this campaign as part of a lesson plan in the classroom.
"The poster contest provides teachers the tools to educate children about safety and initiate conversations regarding prevention, while compelling students to explore the significance of the theme "Bring our Missing Children Home," says Chaffins.
Ms. Gwen Lucas, who is the principle at H.W. Wilkey Elementary School, was very proud of all the students who entered and said that she was not surprised Goostree was selected.
"Dustin is an outstanding student and is very active in several programs at the school," said Lucas. "He serves as a great role model for his peers."
Last year in Kentucky 1,574 minor children were reported missing. Nationally, 800,000 children are reported missing every year.
Chaffins hopes that this contest will remind parents to talk with their children about safety awareness and remind youth of simple basic rules:
- Never go out alone.
- Always tell an adult where you're going.
- Say NO if you feel threatened physically or sexually and tell a trusted adult.
- Don't let peer pressure lure you into drugs or alcohol. Have the confidence to say NO to substances that could harm your body and cloud your judgment.
The winning poster for the nationwide contest will be announced next week by the Department of Justice.
More safety information is available online from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at http://www.missingkids.com or by contacting KSP at 502-782-1800.