Grandparents play a crucial role in the health and welfare of our nation's children. In fact, in recent years more and more grandparents have become primary caregivers. To focus attention on this and other roles that grandparents play, GRAND Magazine, in connection with KidsPeace, Mattel, Humana and Beaches Resort, is sponsoring its third annual search for extraordinary grandparents.

Anyone can nominate a candidate for GRANDparent of the year with a 100-word description of why the nominee deserves the honor. The winner will receive a luxury vacation for two in the Turks and Caicos or Jamaica, and other prizes will be awarded. For rules or make a nomination, go to www.grandmagazine.com. Children should use the kid-safe site www.grandcontest.com (no personal information is asked). Deadline is July 20.