Artwork by Fantasia Martinez, 1st Place Winner for the State of Texas
2016 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest is administered annually by the Department of Justice, with an award ceremony held each year on May 25th to commemorate National Missing Children’s Day. The National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest submission and voting for the State of Texas is administered by Texas Center for the Missing.
The contest is open to all 5th graders across the state of Texas, with State level judging occurring in mid-Spring. The Texas 1st Place Winner will receive a framed copy of their artwork, and will have their poster submitted to the National level for judging. The single national winner, his/her parents, and a teacher will be flown to Washington, D.C., for the awards ceremony in May each year.
Important Contest Dates for the
2017 National Missing Children’s Day
October 2016 – Contest Kick-Off
February 27, 2017 – Texas Submissions Due
March 2017 – Texas Poster Winner Notified
April 2017 – National Poster Winner Notified
Use the Poster Contest Activity Guide Year Round
Educators are encouraged to incorporate the Poster Contest Activity Guide into their safety curriculum in January in honor of Amber Alert Awareness Day on January 13th each year. The Poster Contest Activity Guide can be used year round though, and is suitable for educators, community organizations, or religious groups to get children talking about their own safety.
Download the Poster Contest Activity Guide now!
Past Texas State Winners for the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
2016 1st Place Poster
2015 1st Place Poster
2014 1st Place Poster
2013 1st Place Poster
2012 1st Place Poster
2011 1st Place Poster
2010 1st Place Poster