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Meaning of Home is back for its 16th year

The Meaning of Home contest is back for its 16th year on January 9th! The contest invites students in grades 4, 5, and 6 to submit a poem or essay explaining what home means to them.

The Meaning of Home contest, in support of Habitat for Humanity, is a great opportunity for students to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of having a safe home while improving their creative writing skills and raising money for their local Habitat organization.

The Meaning of Home contest is an activity that students will see as meaningful. It will challenge them to think creatively about a topic that directly impacts their lives—the meaning of home—and ultimately improve their writing skills.

Each submission entered in the contest provides your local Habitat with a $10 donation from Sagen™ 1, founding sponsor of the contest. Three grand prize winners, who will receive $30,000 for their local Habitat, and 9 runner-up winners, who will receive $10,000 for their local Habitat, will also receive prizes for themselves and their class thanks to our generous contest sponsors.

We’ve also created an education module to help teachers prepare their students for writing their entries through fun activities and lesson plans. This module can help you meet curriculum criteria in the area of Language Arts. Some of the curriculum requirements that can be addressed through the Meaning of Home contest include:

  • Producing an original piece of work that encourages independent critical thought
  • Organizing ideas and writing for an intended purpose or audience
  • Writing to express thinking and communicate personal opinions
  • Developing proper grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Fostering proofreading, editing and revision skills

To learn more, visit meaningofhome.ca.