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July 18, 2024

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Calling All 5th Graders: TBI Hosting Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

TBI must receive entries by Feb. 1, 2023 for consideration. The state winner will then be submitted to the national contest.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is calling on all 5th graders from across the state to participate in 2023 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest! 

The annual contest, sponsored by the United States Department of Justice, strives to demonstrate America’s united effort to bring missing children home safely, while highlighting the importance of proactive education programs. By entering at the state level, each participant will learn about the plight of missing children and, if selected as the national winner, will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., along with their parents and their teacher!

The poster contest provides teachers and parents with valuable tools to educate children, as students explore the contest’s theme of ‘Bringing Our Missing Children Home.’ The national ceremony will be held in late May 2023 and will be a time to recognize people who work to bring missing children home safely and remember the children who remain missing.

Fifth graders in Tennessee can enter the poster contest by submitting them to TBI, where a panel will select a state winner to enter the national contest.

Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest Guidelines:

  • Each piece of artwork must feature the phrase “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.”
  • Artists can use any medium, such as colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc. Digitally-created images are not eligible for entry.
  • The size of each piece of artwork must be 8 1/2″ X 14″ (Legal-Size), with student contact information and school clearly written on the back.

Mail applications to:

  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • C/O Criminal Intelligence Unit/Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
  • 901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
  • Nashville, TN 37216

TBI must receive entries by February 1, 2023 for consideration. 


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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.