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PUBLISHED: 4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Juneau girl nominates grandma for honors
On National Grandparents Day, Sept. 10, Janae Reese, 7, will be celebrating her selection as the Art Poster Contest Winner for the State of Alaska.

Her winning entry gives her grandmother, Susan Simmons, the title of 2006 Grandparent of the Year, State of Louisiana.

Reese of Juneau is in the second grade, and her favorite subjects are gymnastics, art and computers.

She is a Brownie Girl Scout and she has several pets.

Her grandma is Susan Simmons, from Lake Charles, Louisiana. She works as director of student services at Sowetta Technical College.

She takes care of her mother so that she can continue to live in her own house.

The greatest gift to grandchildren, she said, is unconditional love.

In order to give grandparents the honor and recognition they deserve, National Grandparents Day was founded by Marian McQuade of West Virginia.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared Grandparents Day an annual holiday, to be celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day each year.

Children can bring special recognition to their grandparents, and use their creative talents at the same time, through the Grandparents Day

Web site, www.grandparents-day.com. Each year, proud grandchildren nominate their grandparents as "Grandparents of the Year" by drawing art posters. Each poster depicts the many reasons why grandparents deserve the award.

The honor is given to a grandparent in each state.

The national grandparents are then chosen from among state winners.


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