What does home mean to you?

National Writing Contest
for Grades 4, 5 and 6

Thank you for supporting Habitat for Humanity Canada through the Meaning of Home contest. The Meaning of Home contest is now closed. Please check back in May for the announcement of the contest winners.

Grades 4, 5 and 6 students across Canada are invited to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the importance of safe, affordable housing. Each entry results in a $10 donation to a local Habitat and the winner in each grade gets to direct a $30,000 grant to a local Habitat build. Nine runners-up (3 per grade) will also get to direct a $10,000 grant towards a local Habitat build. Additional prizes include an iPad, and class pizza party for each of the grand prize winners. Sign up to be on the email list now!

Last year’s Winners


Grade 6 grand prize winner


Grade 5 grand prize winner


Grade 4 grand prize winner

The Grade 6 grand prize winner is Hannah Brown, from St. John’s, Newfoundland, who is directing her grant to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity Newfoundland & Labrador.

Click here to read Hannah’s winning poem: “Home”.

Eva Marasa is the Grade 5 grand prize winner, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her grant will be directed to Habitat for Humanity Manitoba.

Click here to read Eva’s winning poem: “Home”.

Mallory Pitzner, from Airdrie, Alberta is the Grade 4 grand prize winner and will be directing her $25,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta.

Click here to read Mallory’s winning poem “When I Think of Home”.

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every entry can make a difference