Indiana Fifth Graders Invited to Participate in Missing Children's Day Poster Contest

The submission deadline is February 7.

INDIANAPOLIS – Fifth grade students across the state of Indiana are encouraged to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

The Indiana State Police are partnering with the U.S. Department of Justice for the annual contest, which will lead up to National Missing Children’s Day on May 25.

The day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and all concerned individuals with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority.

The National Missing Children’s Poster Contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and parents and guardians to discuss and promote child safety.

Criteria for the poster contest includes:

  • There is NO LIMIT on the number of posters a school can submit.
  • Only one (1) poster per student is allowed for submission.
  • Students who submit posters MUST be in the 5th grade. 
  • Artwork should reflect the theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.” This phrase MUST appear somewhere on the poster.
  • The theme may be depicted in the artwork through one or a combination of illustrations and can be created using media such as acrylics, watercolor, pencils, charcoal, magic markers, spray paint, crayons and pastels. Digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs and stamping WILL NOT be eligible for consideration.
  • The finished poster MUST measure 8 ½ X 14 inches.
  • The poster must be submitted with a COMPLETED application, which includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist.
  • All poster contest rules can be found here: 2023 Poster Contest Packet.pdf
  • Deadline for submissions from participating organizations to be received by Sergeant Seth Tumey is February 7, 2023.

Submissions are to be sent to: Indiana State Police Museum Attn: Sergeant Seth Tumey 8660 E 21st Street Indianapolis, IN 46219

The state winner will receive a national award certificate from the U.S. Department of Justice and their poster will be selected to go to the national judging competition.

 The national winner, along with his/her parents and teacher, and the state manager will be invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.

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