“Preventing Gun Violence in Our Schools” Know the Signs 2024 Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) 21st Annual Logo Contest Rules


Deadline Date

All entries must be received by March 29, 2024, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Carolina, 55 Beattie Place, Suite 700, Greenville, South Carolina 29601. Winners will be notified on or about May 3, 2024, and arrangements will be made to potentially make award presentation.

Who May Enter

Any grade-school student (home schooled students included) in the state of South Carolina may submit an entry. Entries will be divided into the following categories:

Division 1: Grades K-2

Division 2: Grades 3-5

Division 3: Grades 6-8

Division 4: Grades 9-12

Logo Theme

Discuss with your students the goal of the contest – to prevent gun violence in our schools by educating students about the dangers of gun violence and what warning signs to look for from peers. Additionally, part of that goal is to encourage students who see something, to say something to an adult. In almost every documented case of school gun violence, the student demonstrated warning signs that were not fully understood, addressed, or shared by (or with) people who could have helped. Contestant logos, therefore, can reflect (1) encouragement to say something, if they see something; (2) warning sign(s) that students should be looking for related to gun violence; or (3) ideas on how students themselves can encourage other students to not use guns to resolve disputes. Themes should be original, appropriate in subject matter, and the product solely of the student who is entering the contest. (You may find the following video link helpful in starting the dialogue on this topic https://youtu.be/A8syQeFtBKc.)

Logo Specifications/Rules

Completed logos/artwork may be submitted on construction paper, poster tag, or heavy paper. Submissions must be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches in size. Designs must not include any copyrighted materials, such as cartoon or television characters. Submissions must not be laminated and must not use lined paper. Logos should be original, appropriate in subject matter, and the product solely of the student who is entering the contest. Do not copy ideas from past winning entries. Entries are allowed to include a slogan in their logo, but this is not required. Any entries not meeting these specifications/rules may be disqualified from judging.


Entries will be reviewed and judged by “The Insiders,” a select group of students from the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, who travel throughout the state encouraging children and promoting community awareness on the consequences of juvenile crime. Criteria for the selection of award-winning logos are:

• Relationship of the logo design to the goals of PSN

• Originality

• Artwork

• Visual Impact


Prizes, compliments of the SC Law Enforcement Officers Association (SCLEOA), will be awarded for each of the four divisions as follows:

Overall Winner: $100.00 total

1st Place Winners of remaining three grade divisions: $50.00

The overall winner will also be considered to be the winner of his/her division and will receive one consolidated prize ($100.00 cash award – $50.00 for winning his/her division and $50.00 for winning overall). The overall winning logo will also be reprinted in PSN publications and featured on the U. S. Attorney’s Office website and in other media, including social media. Other grade division winners, including honorable mentions, may also be reprinted on materials, and featured on the U. S. Attorney’s Office website and in other media, including social media, at the sole discretion of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


All entries must include a PSN Logo Contest Application.

(NOTE: please attach an application to EACH entry by stapling or gluing the application to the back of the entry so that the entry cannot be separated from the application. This ensures that we have the correct student’s name and grade with their entry.)

Finally, the entry should be mailed to:

Attn: Kelly Reynolds

United States Attorney’s Office

District of South Carolina

55 Beattie Place, Suite 700

Greenville, SC 29601


Terms and Conditions of Participation

By submitting a logo/artwork in our contest, you agree to the following terms and conditions on behalf of the participating student:

I am submitting the logo/artwork on behalf of my student (home schooled students included) and have discussed these contest rules with my student and/or his/her parent(s) and/or guardian(s). In exchange for contest consideration, any and all legal rights of title and ownership in the submitted project (including copyright protections) shall become the legal right of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office shall have free use of such project for any and all purposes for which it sees fit, without any further obligation to me or the student. The submission was the sole creation of the named student. I understand that projects submitted for consideration will not be returned and those not meeting the specifications/rules we be disqualified from judging.

Furthermore, I agree that the name of the student, school, and grade level can be used in press releases, on the U.S. Attorney’s Office website, in U.S. Attorney’s Office publications, and in any other documents that the U.S. Attorney’s Office sees fit, without any further notice to me or the student. Additionally, I give permission to U.S. Attorney’s Office to use, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publish through a variety of media, including social media, distribute copies to the public, and display publicly the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material, including, but not limited to, the student’s name, school, grade/level of study, and any photographs and/or videos containing the student’s image, for all purposes deemed appropriate by U.S. Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office may distribute the submission, including text and illustrations, and any ancillary material through a variety of media, including but not limited to print, television, websites, social media, or any other means.