Meaning of Home: 10th Annual National Writing Contest for grades 4, 5 and 6

Building homes, building hope, one essay at a time!

10th annual Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest

Dear Teachers of Waterloo Region:

habitat-meaning-of-homeLooking for a fun way to incorporate creative writing into your classroom curriculum while providing your students with a unique opportunity to make a difference in their community?

The 10th annual Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest (October 3 to November 30, 2016), invites grade 4, 5 and 6 students from coast-to-coast to submit a written essay, poem or video that reveals what home means to them for a chance to direct $50,000 to a local Habitat for Humanity build of their choice.

habitat-meaning-of-home-poster.pdf

How to Get Started

Go to www.meaningofhome.ca to download the Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest education module, including lesson plans, classroom activities, writing tips, contest poster and a Habitat for Humanity Canada fact sheet.

The Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest is a great way to:

  • Encourage independent and critical thought
  • Promote creative writing
  • Increase awareness around social issues
  • Promote community involvement

Students can submit their entries between October 3rd and November 30th. For more information on contest rules, or to submit your students’ entries, visit http://www.meaningofhome.ca. The contest winner and runners-up will be announced in February 2017.

Prizing

Grand Prize Winner – $50,000!

The winner of the 2016 Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest will receive a $50,000 grant to direct to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice. In addition to the $50,000 grant, the contest winner will also receive an iPad, a pizza party for his or her class and $1,000 for their school.

10 Runner-up Prizes – $5,000 each!

Ten contest runners-up will each receive a $5,000 grant to direct to a Habitat Affiliate of their choice. 

Dollars per Essay – $10 per essay!

Habitat Affiliates will be awarded $10 for every Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest entry submitted by students within their region.

Last Year’s Winner

Last year Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Indigenous Housing Program and Habitat for Humanity Heartland Ontario each received a $25,000 grant from Genworth Canada towards the build of a new Habitat home, thanks to Grade 6 student John Latosinsky of London, Ontario, winner of the 2015 Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest.

A digital version of John’s winning essay is available online at http://www.meaningofhome.ca.

 

If you have any questions regarding the Meaning of Home contest please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks for your support!

 

Sincerely,

Jerry Lawlor, CFRE
Vice President, Development
120 Northfield Drive
Waterloo, ON, N2J 4G8
519-747-0664 ext. 229

 

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