ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — From lessons about never giving up, to baking, to glass blowing and cooking on the grill, elementary students from around the city are highlighting the lessons they have learned from seniors in their lives.
That’s thanks to the city of Albuquerque’s “A Senior I Know” essay contest, which is in its 38th year.
Each year, as part of the Older Americans Month celebration, students within the Albuquerque Public Schools district boundaries in grades one to five are invited to submit an essay about a senior in their life. The essays must be written by students and can be up to 300 words.
Kinsey Cooper, the city’s senior affairs marketing and communications specialist, said this year they received about 1,100 essays of which 30 were selected as winners. Cooper said some of the most valuable things seniors can offer are wisdom and life lessons.