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/June 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!


Winners of the 2020 Meaning of Home contest

Nyra Calamiong

Grade 6 grand prize winner

Nathan Papps

Grade 5 grand prize winner

Ines Casanova

Grade 4 grand prize winner

Nyra Calamiong, from Toronto, Ontario is the Grade 6 grand prize winner and will be directing her $30,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity GTA.
Click here to read Nyra’s winning poem: “My Home is the Most Important Place to Me”.
Nathan Papps, from Victoria, British Columbia is the Grade 5 grand prize winner and will be directing his $30,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
Click here to read Nathan’s winning poem: “Where the Heart Lives”.
Ines Casanova, from Toronto, Ontario, is the Grade 4 grand prize winner and will be directing her $30,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity GTA.
Click here to read Ines’ winning poem “Home. The endless possibilities”.

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