Salem, Ala. – When Sugar Creek Elementary student Addie Mae Taylor found out that she had won the U.S. Department of Justice Missing Children Poster Contest for the entire state of Alabama, she was overcome with emotion. Her father, Matt Taylor, who is also an assistant principal at Sugar Creek Elementary, said how she responded in that moment represented her kind heart, adding, “She’s such a sweet soul.”
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children’s Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children. Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause. Part of Missing Children’s Day is the poster contest which Addie Mae entered.
Now that Addie Mae has won the state competition, her poster will go to national competition. To recognize Addie Mae’s statewide win, she will be honored with a special resolution on March 8th at the Alabama State Board of Education meeting.
Addie Mae’s parents, Matt and Leah, say that they are very proud of her. Addie Mae’s fellow classmates, friends, and community wish Addie Mae well as she competes at the national level. May her poster make a positive impact in the lives of missing children around our state, our country, and the world. Congratulations, Addie Mae Taylor!