Pembroke Student Earns Top Honors in National Missing Children’s Poster Contest
Maddie Devonshire, a 5th grader from Hobomock Elementary School has earned top honors in the 2018 Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. The Massachusetts’s Child AMBER Alert Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest is a contest designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians and children and engage them in discussions about safety. The Massachusetts State Police sponsors this annual poster conference and challenges fifth-grade students throughout the state to develop posters that represent America’s united goal of bringing children home safely.
The competition asks students to create an original poster that helps to raise awareness of missing children and AMBER alerts. The artwork reflects the theme “Bring our Missing Children Home” and the slogan appears on every poster submitted to the contest. Only fifth graders can participate and their artwork must be created using acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons and/or pastels. The submissions are judged on creativity, originality and a written essay submitted with the poster. The grand prizes for the contest were donated by the Boston Bruins Foundation. The top 30 schools with winning entries received Boston Bruins Hockey equipment valued at $1,000.00.
Officer Sean Ready, the School Resource Officer connected the 5th-grade teachers, Ms. SanGiovanni and Mrs. Doyle’s students to the contest. Last week Officer Ready visited with Maddie to celebrate her winning entry. Maddie said she entered the contest because “I knew how much hockey was a really important sport to kids in my class. And I knew I have heard stories about what happens to kids when they get kidnapped and it is just cruel. So I thought if I made a poster it would make a difference.”
When she heard she actually won the contest she said she was “nervous because everyone is coming up to me saying oh my god, thank you so much. And it makes me sort of anxious.” Maddie also said she is, “excited because I know how much it meant to my class, my grade, and my school. I am excited to use it with Ms. Noons and shocked because I didn’t think I would win.”
On Friday, May 4th, Maddie was honored at the Hobomock Elementary School Monthly Community Meeting. As part of this celebration, the new hockey equipment from the Boston Bruins Foundation was revealed to the entire student body. The equipment that Maddie’s winning poster won on behalf of her school includes hockey nets as well as hockey sticks of varying sizes. The Hobomock Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, Mrs. Noons is grateful to Maddie and the Boston Bruins Foundation for this generous prize. She looks forward to working hockey into her P.E. Curriculum. The varying stick sizes ensure that this high-quality Boston Bruins equipment will benefit children of all sizes and grades through the school.