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National Missing Children's Day

National Missing Children's Day is an annual event held in conjunction with National Missing Children's Awareness Day observed each year on May 25th since proclaimed by President Reagan in 1983 in memory of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a New York City street corner on May 25, 1979.  Read Etan Patz's story.

The Missing Children's Day Poster Contest provides an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other community organizations to engage children and their parents in discussions about child safety.  All 5th grade students are eligible to submit a poster for the contest.  One winning poster is chosen in Oregon each year and the class of the winner will receive a pizza party and an award ceremony. 

If you are a 5th grade teacher and you are interested in your class participating in the contest, please call 503-934-0188 for more information.

Winner of Oregon’s 2020 Missing Children’s Poster Contest by Elliana C.

Elliana also won the National Contest where her poster competed with posters from across the nation.  Learn more about the contest.

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Missing Children/Adults Clearinghouse
Phone: 503-934-0188
Toll Free: 1-800-282-7155​