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Contest Fosters Connections Between Generations

First Lady, Senior Affairs Department celebrate “Senior I Know” essay contest winners
May 01, 2024

Today, the Department of Senior Affairs (DSA) and First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller came together to recognize the winners of the 42nd Annual “A Senior I Know” Essay Contest.

Every year, DSA sponsors the essay contest for students in grades 1-5, encouraging them to talk to and write an essay about a significant older adult who has made a positive impact on their life.  

“Creating opportunities for youth and older adults to engage and learn from each other helps foster a strong, vibrant community where people of all ages can thrive,” said First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller. “The way this event has evolved into a cherished tradition for so many local families showcases the intergenerational values of our city.”

Six winners from each grade received prizes and were recognized during a special celebration at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center on Wednesday. The winners were chosen by the “A Senior I Know” Committee of retired educators.

“This contest is just one of the ways we are working to bridge the gap between generations and keep folks engaged in their community,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs. “We are extremely grateful to our community partners and dedicated ‘A Senior I Know’ Committee for their unwavering support of this program year after year.” 

To read this year’s winning essays, click here.