TOPEKA – (January 4,
2021) – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is accepting entries for the
2021 Missing Children’s Day poster contest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt
All Kansas fifth grade students, from
public, private, or home schools, are invited to create and submit artwork that
represents the contest theme “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.” The artwork
must be original, handcrafted, 8 ½ x 14 inches in size, and contain the words
“Bringing Our Missing Children Home.”
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed
May 25 as National Missing Children’s Day. The annual national poster contest
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement and
child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with
youth, parents and guardians and to promote child safety.
“This contest creates awareness for the
children who are missing, while also providing parents and teachers an
opportunity to talk to kids about what to do if they’re approached by
strangers,” Schmidt said.
KBI Director Kirk Thompson added, “While
this contest is for fifth graders, we know how important it is for parents to
take time to discuss appropriate safety measures with each of their children.”
The winner’s poster
will also represent Kansas in the national contest. The national poster contest
winner, along with his or her parents and teacher, will be eligible for a trip
to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day
ceremony in May 2021.
Entries must be received by February 19.
Complete contest rules and application forms are available at https://bit.ly/2P4CVfg.
Kansas has been participating
in the annual “Bringing Our Missing Children Home” poster contest since 2008.
The 2020 state contest winner was Josiah Mdoe of Topeka who attends Stout
Elementary School. Josiah’s winning poster can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2P4CVfg.