DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 4
January 11, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
An estimated 1.3 million children nationwide are reported missing each year. The good news is that most of these children return home safely. Sadly, many are never recovered. Each year, the U.S. Department of Justice celebrates the safe recovery of missing children at the National Missing Children's Day Ceremony. The Attorney General presides over this national event, which commemorates the valiant efforts of law enforcement officers, private citizens, and youth in protecting our children. This annual event also includes a national poster contest for fifth graders, highlighting our efforts to reunite children with their families.
of this memo is to seek your assistance in spreading the word to your schools
about the statewide poster contest in
winner will be selected from the entries submitted by the individual school
divisions. Following the statewide
competition during the week of March 1721, 2008,
At the national level, the single national winner, his/her teacher, and his/her parents will participate in the National Missing Children's Day ceremony at the U.S. Department of Justice to be held in late May. Transportation and lodging will be provided. The national winner will also receive a national award certificate and a U.S. Savings Bond. No other awards will be provided by the Department of Justice.
The attached materials provide assistance with promotion and implementation of the contest. The materials are also available at:
1. A fact sheet (with rules, judging criteria, and important dates)
2. An application form for the contest participants to complete as a part of the poster contest package
3. A letter to principals and fifth grade teachers inviting them to participate in the contest and to educate children about safety issues
4. A letter to fifth graders explaining the contest and the reason for National Missing Children's Day
5. A certificate of participation to be given to each student that enters the contest
6. A sample flyer that can be used in hallways and bulletin boards
Each elementary school with a fifth grade enrollment may conduct their own competition with school winners participating in a division-wide competition. The process used to determine the winner of the school division competition will be the responsibility of the school division.
Winning school division entries should be postmarked no later than March 10, 2008, and sent to:
If a parcel delivery service is used, the shipping address is:
I am requesting your support by distributing this information to the elementary schools in your division and encouraging them to participate in this important state and national safety event.
about the contest may be directed to
a. Fact Sheet (.pdf)
b. Application Form (.pdf)
d. Letter to Fifth Graders (.pdf)
e. Sample Certificate of Participation (.pdf)
f. Sample Flyer (.pdf)