AARP announces ‘Why I Love My Grandparents’ essay contest

Staff reports

In celebration of the critical importance of grandparents to North Dakota families, AARP is sponsoring a “Why I Love My Grandparents” essay contest this summer.

The free contest is open to North Dakota students ages 6-18 in public or private schools, elementary to high school. Deadline for submission of essays is Aug. 19.

“Grandparents are a pillar of emotional, spiritual and financial support to the contemporary family,” said Janis Cheney, AARP North Dakota’s State Director. “By sponsoring this essay contest, we hope to reinforce and celebrate the role grandparents play in our lives.”

One overall winner will receive a $500 grand prize at a ceremony in conjunction with Grandparents Day on September 11. Second and third place overall winners will receive awards of $250 and $100.

 Essays can be written about a grandparent or grandparents, living or deceased. Essays must be written in English and be typed or legibly handwritten. Essays should not exceed 300 words for elementary students (ages 6-10); 500 words for middle school students (ages 11-14); 750 words for high school students (ages 15-18).

 Essays will be judged primarily on content and creativity, but also on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and penmanship.

 Include your name, date of birth, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number with your entry. Mail entries to AARP North Dakota, Attn: Grandparents Day Essay Contest, 107 W. Main Ave., Suite 125, Bismarck, ND 58501. Fax to 701-255-2242. Email to

 Complete contest rules can be found at