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38th Annual A Senior I Know Essay Contest Launches in November

Students in grades 1-5 share stories about important seniors in their lives

The Department of Senior Affairs in partnership Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) is sponsoring the 38th Annual “A Senior I Know” essay contest for first through fifth grade students. The contest runs until Feb. 5, 2020 and culminates in an awards reception on May 7 where the winning essays from each grade level will be read aloud by KOB’s Steve Stucker and committee member Gay Blech. Each students also will receive prizes.

May is designated as Older Americans’ Month and the purpose of the essay contest is to promote positive relationships between elementary school students and seniors. Winning essays are chose by the “A Senior I Know” committee that consists of retired educators and the founder of the essay contest, Ginger Grossetete.

This contest is open to all students within the APS school district boundaries and essays must be submitted through the child’s school, including APS elementary schools, parochial, private, charter, or home schools. It is designed to support Language Arts standards in Strand III for grades 1-5 in Writing Strategies, Conventions and Applications. Essays must be submitted to one of the designated locations by 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, 2020 and cannot be submitted online.

The essay contest rules, drop off locations, key dates and judging criteria can be found at