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Iowa DCI hosts a Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest (February 2017 School Leader Update)

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is inviting 5th grade classes to participate in a unique opportunity, partnering with Iowa’s top special agents/investigators to raise awareness of missing children, and win a trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, the Iowa DCI hosts a Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest and this year want to have as many Iowa 5th graders involved as possible. The students, under direction from educational staff, will create posters depicting any aspect of missing children and the importance of this issue.

In the spring, the DCI will host a Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest Reception for the winners of the contest. Iowa’s top officials will congratulate the winners and provide photo opportunities and chance to take a tour of the State Capitol.

Help the DCI raise awareness about this critical issue that impacts our local communities. The poster contest is only open to 5th graders. The deadline is March 1.

History: May 25, 1983, was proclaimed as National Missing Children’s Day by President Ronald Reagan. The first National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest was presented in 2000, at the Department of Justice’s Missing Children’s Day observance.

The poster contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and others to engage children in informative discussions about the problem of missing children and how to prevent such situations.

This poster contest is a national event and each state’s top winning poster is submitted to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for selection of the national winner. The winning student, his/her teacher, and parents are flown to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.

To participate in the 2017 poster contest, contact Medina Rahmanovic at and further information will be provided.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 28, 2020 at 11:26pm.