Thank you to all the students who participated in this year’s Meaning of Home contest, and all the teachers and parents who helped support it. A national writing contest in support of Habitat for Humanity Canada, each student entry helped earn a $10 donation to the local Habitat in their community. This year, over 8,000 students from Grades 4, 5 and 6 shared what home means to them. In our community, students helped raise $1390 by entering the contest – donations that will help us build more decent and affordable homes!
Three grand prize winners and nine runners up were announced yesterday and you can read all the winning entries at meaningofhome.ca. Each grand prize winner won a $25,000 grant to direct to a local Habitat for Humanity and each runner up won a $5,000 grant.
“I want to congratulate all the winners, but I also want to thank every student who entered and shared what home means to them,” said Mark Rodgers, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada. “Each and every one of you has made a tangible difference in your community – helping raise funds and awareness that will allow us to serve more families.”
The Meaning of Home contest would not have been possible without the support of founding sponsor Genworth Canada, awards sponsor Revera Inc. and judging sponsor The Silver Hotel Group.
“The Meaning of Home contest encourages students to become engaged and compassionate community members. At the same time, the program educates and inspires them to learn about the issue of affordable housing. Since this contest started back in 2007, we’ve provided over $1.2 million in funding to Habitat for Humanity nation-wide to empower youth to change this world for the better”, said Stuart Levings, President and CEO, Genworth Canada.