Emily

Grade 4

Winnipeg
Manitoba

The Meaning of Home

Hi, my name is __. I go to École Riverview School. I decided to write this because I think that everyone should have a home. A lot of people think that home and house mean the same thing. If you think that, I think that you are wrong. A house is a type of building and a home can be anything and anywhere with anyone! Some people live on the streets, on sidewalks, in back alleys, and in parks.

Home: What does it mean?
Home means a place where you sleep, where you feel more safe, where your kids grow up. Some children have to move because they live in a place with war. Some people get forced to move, even kids. That is against the Rights of the Child. Some children have to move because they live in a place with war.

What do I think home means?
I think home means a place where you are respected and your rights are respected. I know this will probably never happen everywhere, but what if everyone had a shelter that was safe? I know there are people in the world whose houses burn down or get bombed or the government takes their house away. So, I think “home” means somewhere you are okay living in even if your home is a cardboard box; it’s still a home. Even if your home is under a tree, it is still a home. What I am trying to say is: I know that a home can be anything, with anyone; not just an apartment building, a house, or a condo. A home can even be in a car or trailer.

I think that home means a place where you are happy.