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Friday, February 4, 2011

2011 Missing Children's Day Poster Contest - Deadline Extended!

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.

In 2000, Attorney General Eric Holder, then serving as Deputy Attorney General, presented the first annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest award at DOJ's Missing Children's Day observance.

Since then, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsors a national poster contest and announces the winner at the annual National Missing Children’s Day Ceremony in Washington, DC. The purpose of the contest is to demonstrate America’s united effort to bring missing children home safely, while highlighting the importance of proactive education programs. The poster contest and the educational activities that accompany it are designed to assist with this mission by keeping the issue at the forefront of people’s awareness.

More importantly, the poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in informative discussions about the problem of missing children and how to prevent it.  Student involvement in the poster contest promotes peer education, while compelling students to explore the significance of the theme “Bring our Missing Children Home.”

The national winner will travel to Washington, DC to receive an award and participate in the 2011 Missing Children’s Day ceremony.
  • The theme for the poster contest is "Bring our Missing Children Home."
  • Only fifth grade students are eligible to participate in the contest.

2005 National Winner

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