Student Contests

Florida Missing Children's Day

Monday, September 9, 2013

Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest

Calling all 5th grade students across the state of Florida!

PURPOSE: To promote safety awareness among Florida’s children and encourage them to proactively think of ways to keep themselves safe from abduction.

Each year Florida’s students are asked to focus on critical abduction safety issues. We provide a topic for them to research and write an essay about what they would do to keep themselves safe. The research can be by way of the internet, interviews, class discussions, family conversations, and any other resources available to them.

The topic for this year's contest is ”This is how I stay safe all day“

  • What would you do if you were approached by someone who made you feel uncomfortable?
  • If someone tried to take you somewhere or get you to go somewhere with them, what would you do?
  • If you were chatting online and the person asked you to meet them somewhere or asked you for personal information, what would you do?

All Florida elementary schools are asked to hold an essay contest among their 5th grade students. Each school must choose one “School Winner” to submit to the Essay Contest Coordinator. Participants should develop their thoughts into an essay no longer than one (1) typewritten or two (2) handwritten pages. If it is typewritten, the font and font size must be Times New Roman, size 12 or 14. If hand written, it must be legible.

2013 essays are due by Friday, April 19, 2013

**GRAND PRIZE: A Trophy, a check for $100.00, and a trip to Universal Studios will be presented during the formal ceremony in Tallahassee on September 9, 2013.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The full Teacher’s Guide has been sent to all elementary schools in Florida along with a memo from the Department of Education. Please contact your child’s Teacher for participation.