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AARP Michigan Celebrates Grandparents

AARP Michigan will celebrate the important role grandparents play in our lives with several activities planned in September.

See Also: AARP Grandparenting Resources

Winners of the 3rd Annual “Why I Love My Grandparents” Essay Contest will be announced on National Grandparents Day, Sept. 9.

The contest, which is open to Michigan elementary through high school students ages 6 through 18, is under way.

Essays can be written about one or more grandparents, living or deceased. Entries will be judged in three age categories: 6-10, with a 300 word limit; 11-14 with a 500 word limit; and 15-18 with a 750 word limit.

The Third Place winner will receive a Kindle Fire, Second Place winner will receive a Nook, and the Grand Prize winner will receive an Apple iPad.

Entries must include name, address, age, school, grade, phone number and email address.

Essays must be mailed or emailed by Aug. 1, to:

  • U.S. Mail: AARP Michigan, Grandparents Day Essay Contest, 309 N. Washington Sq., Suite 110, Lansing, MI 48933.
  • Email:

Have you ever been to “Grand Camp”? AARP Michigan and the YMCA are partnering for a unique camping experience for grandparents and grandchildren. On Sep. 7-9, grandparents, their children and grandchildren can enjoy a weekend together enjoying nature, fishing, arts and crafts, campfires, and much more.

You can be as active as you choose, or just enjoy nature at the Mystic Lake YMCA Camp located on 600 acres of private land 15 miles outside of Clare. The cost is $60 per adult, $30 per child for the weekend.

AARP Michigan and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit will host a Grandparents Day Celebration at the Museum Sept. 9. This free, annual event will feature many fun and interactive experiences for grandparents and grandchildren alike. Winners of the Grandparents Day Essay contest will be announced and special gifts will be given to the first 300 attendees.

For more information on any of these events, contact Kimberley Bishop at or 517-515-2268.

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