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The Meaning of Home Student Writing Contest Was A Huge Succes

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Thank you to all the wonderful students in the Sarnia/Lambton area that participated in the Meaning of Home National Writing Contest. The contest is now closed. Be sure to join in the fun again in the Winter of 2020!

The Meaning of Home is an annual, national writing contest for students grades 4, 5, and 6 students across Canada to submit a written poem or essay explaining what home means to them.

It’s a great way to engage with students in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the importance of safe, affordable housing.


Meaning of Home quick facts:

  • Since inception in 2007, the Meaning of Home Contest has raised over $1.5 million in support of Habitat for Humanity in Canada
  • 58,000+ students from across Canada have participated in the contest
  • These funds have helped local Habitats in more than 30 communities across Canada for families in need of decent, affordable housing

What does home mean to you?

From January 6 to February 21, 2020, Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them.


How Can You Help?

Did you know that in Canada there are an estimated 1.7 million families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing right now? Some families have homes, but they are located in unsafe areas or they are not in adequate condition. Other families have homes, but struggle to make ends meet; sometimes not being able to pay for proper heating or food after paying their rent.

So how can you help? It’s simple: all you need is a pencil and paper. Write a composition, essay, or poem and tell us what home means to you. When you enter, EACH story with generate a $10 donation by Genworth Canada to your local Habitat for Humanity. Each grade will have a grand prize winner and three runners-up.

Grand Prize Winner (three total, one per grade) – $30,000 grant each

Each grade winner of the Meaning of Home contest will receive a $30,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat build. In addition to the $30,000 grant, the contest grand prize winners will also receive an iPad and a pizza party for their class.

3 Runner-up Prizes (nine total, three per grade) – $10,000 grant each

Three contest runners-up per grade will receive a $10,000 grant towards a local Habitat build project, an electronic tablet and pizza party for their class.Your participation will help a family build their home and achieve strength, stability and self-reliance.

Are you a teacher?

Sign-up for a teacher account on the meaning of home website so you can easily upload multiple essays, track your students’ impact and receive regular contest updates.

Curriculum kits are provided to help students improve their critical thinking, communication and creative skills. You will find them on the meaning of home website. The curriculum exercises are clear, meaningful and enriching for all to enjoy…making a difference in a child’s life, for their journey ahead.

This is also a way for you to meet curriculum criteria in the area of language/language arts. Some of the curriculum requirements that can be addressed through participation in the contest include:

  • Producing an original piece of work that reflects a capacity for independent critical thought
  • Organizing ideas and writing for an intended purpose or audience
  • Writing to express thinking and communicate personal opinions
  • Developing proper grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Fostering proofreading, editing and revision skills

For more information, go to https://meaningofhome.ca/ If you would like an in-school presentation for you, your fellow teachers and/or your students in grades 4, 5 and 6, please email Kerry, Storyteller of Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton at [email protected]