The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling on fifth graders from across the state to participate in the United States Department of Justice 2013 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest.
Participants can enter at the state level for a chance to be selected as the national winner and awarded a free trip to Washington, D.C.
The contest serves to demonstrate a united, national effort to bring missing children home safely and highlight the importance of proactive education programs.
The poster contest provides teachers and parents with tools to educate children about safety and the prevention of child abductions.
It also allows for peer education, and students can explore the importance of the contest’s theme, “Bring Our Missing Children Home.”
Tennessee fifth grade students can enter the poster contest by submitting their entries to TBI.
TBI must receive entries by March 1 for consideration. The state winner will be notified in March and the entry will be submitted to the national contest.
The national winner will be selected and notified in April.
The National Missing Children’s Day ceremony will be held on or around May 25. During the ceremony, people who work to bring missing children home safely will be recognized and children who remain missing will be remembered.
The winner of the Tennessee’s 2012 contest was 10-year-old Tia Shipp from A.B. Hill Elementary School in Memphis.
The contest rules are:
1. The finished poster must measure eight and a half by 14 inches.
2. The phrase “Bring Our Missing Children Home” must appear somewhere on the poster.
3. Posters must be handcrafted. Digitally produced artwork, collages and stamping are not eligible.
4. The theme should be depicted visually in one or a combination of mediums, such as acrylics, watercolor, pencil, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons, pastels, etc.
5. The poster must be submitted with a completed application, which includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist, either written legibly or typed.
6. Posters must be submitted to your state contest manager for local judging. Find out how to contact your state manager by visiting ojjdp.gov/ programs/postercontest/.
Tennessee entries and completed applications should be mailed to:
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, c/o Zhenya Ivanova, Criminal Intelligence Unit, 901 R.S. Gass Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. 37216.