When a child goes missing, time is critical.
Thanks to the AMBER Alert system, details about the child are broadcast over large areas. It's been 17 years since the AMBER Alert started. In the last ten years, nearly 100 kids have been recovered in Texas alone.
When a child goes missing, it's an all out effort to find them. Liberty County officials searched for two days trying to find 2-year-old Devon Davis after he wondered off.
The search ended tragically.
The amber alert that was issued made sure people in the surrounding area knew what Devon looked like and what he was last seen wearing.
5th graders from Bowen and Crockett Elementary schools are getting behind the AMBER Alert campaign. They created posters to help raise awareness of missing children.
"We need to always be thinking about it, not to where are children are scared, but we do need to be aware of the world we live in," said Lt. Chuck Fleeger. He's the president of the AMBER Alert Network-Brazos Valley.
To help raise awareness of missing children, he's asking local 5th graders to make posters.
"The thought of another child being away from their family has an impact on them and so they want to do whatever they can to try and help get the child back to their family," explains Fleeger.
This year, at over 30 posters, they have their biggest batch yet.
"From a child's perspective, it was really interesting to see what they focused on," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk. He, as well as Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske and College Station Police Chief J-D Capps judged the posters. They saw, even if for a moment, a glimpse into how children understand a missing children's case.
"It's very clear that it's on their mind and all these posters show great concern for a child that would be missing or lost. It let's you know that very much in their consciousness," shared Chief Buske.
"There's probably nothing more precious than our children," said Cheif Capps.
"We want to make sure that we're doing we can to enhance our ability to protect them," he continued.
Protection that comes from awareness, even at a young age.
The winning poster goes to the state competition in Austin. All of the classes participating in the contest get a pizza party.
Upload your photo, with a caption of your reason to smile, then watch the last half hour of BVTM from 6:30A - 7A Monday mornings to see if your photo makes it.