Grandparent Essay ContestAARP and the Colorado School and Public Employee Retirement Association are sponsoring an Essay Contest with the title “My Grandparents are the best grandparents in the world!”  Essays will be judged by CSPERA members and the results will be announced by April 14, 2017.  There will be a first- and second-place winner in each of the four CSPERA State Divisions:  the Metro Division, the Northeast Division, the Southern Division, and the Western Division.   Each winner will receive as follows:

First Place – A $75 Visa gift card;  Second Place – A $50 Visa gift card.

In addition to these awards, AARP will present a $500 stipend to the school or organization the winners attend.  Each and every entrant will be sent a participation certificate.  Each winner and their classroom or organization will receive a children’s book to add to their library.

The four division winners will win a pizza party for their class to be held at their school.  It will  be hosted by a CSPERA and AARP representative at a date and time to be determined.

This is an opportunity for students to have a meaningful opportunity to practice their writing skills.  The teacher role is to introduce the contest, but all writing should take place outside the school day.

If you have questions, you should contact CSPERA at 303-326-1808.  Again, this is a meaningful opportunity for fifth-grade students to practice writing skills with minimal involvement of their classroom teacher.

Click here for 2017 CSPERA Essay Application


  • 150 – 200 words in length not including the title.
  • Legibly written or electronically generated and printed in English.  Use only one side of the paper.  Additional sheets of paper may be used if necessary.
  • Contains the components of a formal essay:  i.e. introduction, supporting points and conclusion.
  • Student name and school name written at the end of the essay.
  • Entry form included with essay.  Grandparent Essay Application 2016
  • Original work of the author.
  • Mail or e-mail to CSPERA at the addresses below no later than March 25, 2016.


Colorado School and Public Employee Retirement Association

1085 Peoria Street, Aurora, CO   80011

Phone:  303.326.1808 or 1.800.748.2846   email:

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