A local fifth-grader's inspiring artwork was chosen to represent Oregon in the national Missing Children's Day Poster Contest.
Zion Brooks at Linwood Elementary School in Milwaukie created a drawing that will now go to the Department of Justice for national judging. She is competing against posters from children in every state as part of an annual campaign.
May 25 is Missing Children's Awareness Day and the goal of the art contest is to get kids and parents engaged in a conversation about strangers and how to prevent child abductions.
Zion earned a pizza party for her entire class.
During the presentation Thursday, a letter from Gov. John Kitzhaber was read to Zion and her classmates.
"Oregon is proud that you'll be representing our state and we wish you the best of luck," Kitzhaber wrote.
Zion said she just tried to make her poster comforting for families everywhere.
"Well, the reason why I put a heart is because all children should be loved," she said. "And I made a little halo and wings because all children are angels."
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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