Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Local 5th grader Hollie Key has been named the school and district winner of the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year contest. This essay must be 300-500 words, handwritten, and explain why their grandparent deserves to be awarded Grandparent of the Year.
The Kentucky Retired Teachers Association along with AARP will select winners from across the state. An overall winner will be named at the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association convention in April 2019. The overall winner will read their essay at the Louisville convention and be awarded a certificate, plaque, and a $100 saving bond.
“My grandfather wakes me up and gets me ready for school every morning,” said Hollie Key. “He helps us with everything that he can.”
“Grandparents play an extremely important role in today’s society,” said Anna Sturgeon, President of the Edmonson County Retired Teachers Association. According to AARP, many grandparents have become the caretakers of their grandchildren and the number of grandparents being the sole caretaker has increased every year for the last fifteen years.
Hollie’s grandfather John Key stated that he was really impressed with what Hollie wrote. “It made me feel like a real grandfather,” he said.