KBI accepting submissions for missing child awareness poster contest

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is now accepting applications for the 2020 Missing Children's Day poster contest.

“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,” Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

All 5th grade students in Kansas are eligible to create a poster representing the theme of bringing missing children home and submit it to KBI. The winner will get to visit the Capitol and meet the Gov. Laura Kelly, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, and KBI Director Kirk Thompson.

“We’d like fifth graders to enter artwork in this contest, but ask parents to take time to discuss safety measures no matter the age of their child,” KBI Director Kirk Thompson said.

Poster Requirements:

  • Original, handcrafted work
  • 8.5x14 inches in size
  • Contains the words "Bringing Our Missing Children Home"
  • Entries must be received by January 31, 2020

The winner's poster will also represent Kansas in a national contest. Winning the national contest will award the winner and their parents a trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Missing Children's Day ceremony in May 2020.

Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children's Day in 1983. The poster contest is a way for schools and child advocates to promote child safety and discuss the issue of missing children.

Contest rules and applications can be found here