Student Contests

Florida Missing Children's Day

Monday, September 9, 2019

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.

2019 essays are due by March 4, 2019

**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 9th, 2019.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The contest flyer is here.
Essay Contest Teacher’s Guide

National Missing Children's Day

U.S. DOJ “Bringing Our Children Home” Poster Contest

Win a Free Trip!

Poster Contest in Honor of National Missing Children’s Day

Florida’s fifth grade students are invited to take part in a poster contest in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. The winner from the State of Florida will win a free trip to Tallahassee for Florida Missing Children’s Day in September and will be eligible to win the national prize: a trip to Washington D.C.

The poster must be 8 ½ by 14 inches and include the words “Bringing Our Missing Children Home”. Only hand drawn posters will be considered. Florida will select one winner to be forwarded to the national competition. For the full rules visit the Department of Justice website.

2019 posters are due by February 12, 2019

Students should check with their school to determine whether their area has a school or district competition prior to submitting their entry to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

For questions, contact the Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse at 1-888-FL MISSING (1-888-356-4774) or [email protected]

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Poster Contest Flyer

For homeschooled students or students from schools not participating in the contest, mail your poster to:
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse
2331 Phillips Road
Tallahassee, FL 32302

2018 Florida Missing Children’s Dasy Winning Poster From Matthew Ajib

2017 National Missing Children's Day Winning Poster from Audrey Link