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Gavin Giles is Student Essay Winner

By Mark Fudge

Gavin Giles, a student at Adair County Elementary School (ACES), was selected Adair County winner in the "2022-2023 Grandparent of the Year" essay contest sponsored by AARP Kentucky and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA). Gavin is a fifth grade student in Robin Hancock's class and he wrote the essay about his grandmother Cheryl Giles. Gavin is the son of Ashley McGuffin.

Gavin is among thousands of Kentucky fifth graders who participated in the 21st annual essay competition for 2022-2023. Students submitted essays answering why "My Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year" to their fifth grade teachers. Members of the Adair County Retired Teachers Association then selected the winning essay in Adair County.

As county winner, Gavin received a framed certificate and $25 for his efforts.

The essay will now be submitted for district competition. Gavin and other district winners will also become eligible to participate in the state finals. In a recognition ceremony the "Grandparent of the Year" and student are honored at the Annual KRTA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky later in the spring.

The essay competition is a unique way to recognize the significant contributions that older Kentuckians make toward shaping the lives and values of youth across the Commonwealth. Across the country, and in Kentucky, an increasing number of adults 50 and over are the primary caregivers to minor children. According to the US Census Bureau nearly 98,000 children in Kentucky are being raised by or living with a grandparent householder.

The "AARP Grandparent of the Year " essay Contest is organized by the Adair County Retired Teacher Association, which helps secure local school participation, promote the activity, and serve as local contest judges.

This story was posted on 2023-03-12 09:09:29
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Gavin Giles is Student Essay Winner

2023-03-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo from Mark Fudge.
Gavin Giles, a 5th grade student at ACES, wrote the county-winning essay in the AARP sponsored, "Grandparent of the Year" essay contest. Gavin wrote the essay about his grandmother, Cheryl Giles. Gavin is the son of Ashley McGuffin.

Pictured with Gavin are his fifth grade teacher Robin Hancock and Adair County Retired Teacher Association President Elect Mary Ann McQuaide at right.

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