A Toliver Elementary School student was selected as the Boyle County winner in the “2012-2013 Grandparent of the Year” essay contest sponsored by AARP Kentucky and the Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Association.
Nick Price, of Danville, is among thousands of Kentucky fifth-graders who participated in the 12th annual essay competition. Students submitted essays answering why “My Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” to their fifth-grade teachers, who selected the school’s winner. Each participating school winner and school received recognition certificates.
As county winner, Nick receives a framed certificate for his efforts, and the essay will be submitted for district competition. He and other district winners then become eligible to participate in the state finals.
In a recognition ceremony, the “Grandparent of the Year” and student will be honored at the annual KRTA Convention April 23 in Louisville. The state winner also will receive a $100 award.
The essay competition is a way to recognize the significance older Kentuckians make in shaping the lives and values of youth across the commonwealth. Across the country and in Kentucky, an increasing number of adults 50 and older are the primary caregivers to minor children. The 2010 Census data showed nearly 87,000 grandchildren in Kentucky live with grandparents who are householders.
Almost 48,000 of these children live in homes where the grandparent householder is responsible for them.
The AARP Grandparent of the Year essay contest is organized by local Retired Teacher Association units and AARP chapters, which help secure local school participation, promote the activity and serve as local contest judges.